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Social Media and the Changing Landscape of Youth Engagement

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Friday, April 10, 2015 marks the third national observance of National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day (NYHAAD), a day to educate the public about the impact of HIV and AIDS on young people as well as highlight the growing efforts of young people engaged in the response to the HIV and AIDS epidemic. To…

SAMHSA Announces Funding Opportunity: Substance Abuse and HIV Prevention Services for At-Risk Minority Youth and Young Adults

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A new Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) will support substance abuse and HIV prevention services for at-risk racial/ethnic minority youth and young adults. Eligible applicants are community-level domestic public and private nonprofit entities, tribes, and tribal organizations. Applications are due April 23, 2015. A brief synopsis…

Progress on HIV among African Americans, Still a Long Way to Go

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February 7 marks the 15th year of the National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day observance. This day is a call to action for communities across the country to come together to reduce the burden of HIV and AIDS in Black America. We begin 2015 with hopeful signs that we, as a nation, are beginning to make…

Millennials and Social Media: Engaging, Mobilizing, and Learning for HIV Outreach

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 50,000 Americans are newly infected with HIV each year. Of those, one in four (26%) is 13-24 years old. In 2012, the highest rate of new diagnoses of HIV infection occurred among people aged 20–24 years. In response to these rates, government agencies, youth-focused…

HIV Care Continuum: Controlling the Virus is Key

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Today, CDC released a new Vital Signs Report on HIV. The data support the call-to-action to increase the number of people living with HIV who achieve viral suppression. Having very low levels of HIV in the body, achieved by taking antiretroviral medicines allows people living with HIV to have nearly normal lifespans and greatly reduces…

Reflections on Social Media Communication: National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day 2014

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Editor’s note: This is the first in an occasional series of reflective posts about social media use in support of messages for the national health observances. April 10, 2014 marked the second annual National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day  (NYHAAD), a day of action to put young people at the center of the conversation…

What’s A Twitter Chat? Let’s Chat for HIV/AIDS

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Twitter chats, also called “tweetchats”, have increasingly become a way to discuss key topics and exchange knowledge and resources among experts and community members . Twitter chats can be excellent opportunities to network with those in your field, learn about new topics, and gain visibility for your work. Many HIV organizations host Twitter chats on health topics,…

Maximizing Community Reach: Social Media Peer Mentors

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For many HIV/AIDS agencies, social media can be an effective tool to build awareness and knowledge, recruit community members to participate in prevention and care programs, promote community events, and increase HIV testing. Nevertheless, simply having a social media presence is often not enough to meet these goals. How can HIV/AIDS prevention and care organizations…