A Wake-up Call for All of Us: How Can New Media Help?

“The estimates from our nation’s new HIV incidence Exit Disclaimer surveillance system reveal that the HIV epidemic is- and has been- worse than previously known. The recent U.S. HIV statistics are a wake-up call to all of us in the United States to have authentic conversations about what we need to be doing to end this epidemic within our lifetimes.” said Kevin Fenton, M.D., Director of the CDC’s National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention.

XVII International AIDS Conference.  3-8 August 2008 | Mexico City

This announcement was made before the opening session of the International AIDS Conference (IAC), which is being held in Mexico City this week. The theme of the conference is “Universal Action Now!“, and more than 26,000 people are meeting to discuss effective medical, policy, and program responses to HIV.

The team asked the first question at Monday’s opening plenary session, “How can new media (blogs, social networks, text messaging, etc.) be used to impact the state of HIV?” The panel was encouraging and had a few suggestions. At the conference, there are a handful of sessions about new media and a desire among participants to learn more.

So, we need your help! Please send your suggestions, questions, or advice about using new media in response to HIV/AIDS. We’ll do our best to make sure your voice is heard, both during and after the conference.

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