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November 25, 2008


Facing AIDS for World AIDS Day

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Join us in Facing AIDS.  World AIDS Day, 2008

World AIDS Day is in less than a week (December 1)! In addition to our Bloggers Unite and Second Life activities, AIDS.gov invites you to join us in using social networks to help reduce stigma around HIV/AIDS and to promote HIV testing.

Why use social networks? Many people are already using social network sites to share information about issues that are important to them. For example, (Product) RED’s, MySpace page Exit Disclaimer has over half a million friends and has another 100,000 fans on Facebook Exit Disclaimer. MySpace created MySpace Impact Exit Disclaimer, “a channel for the causes and campaigns MySpace users care about.” Facebook Causes Exit Disclaimer, created by Project Agape Exit Disclaimer, were developed to organize people for collective action - and Causes is now on Myspace Exit Disclaimer as well. According to Facebook, “the real power of Causes… is that supporters of the cause can easily multiply their impact by inviting their friends to join and donate to the cause.”

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November 18, 2008


The Power of Blogs: Bloggers Unite on World AIDS Day

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Bloggers Unite. Blogging for hope.

World AIDS Day 2008 (December 1) is now less than two weeks away! Worldwide, an estimated 33 million people are living with HIV Exit Disclaimer. In the United States, an estimated one million Americans are living with HIV.

AIDS.gov is partnering with the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and Blog Catalog Exit Disclaimer for Bloggers Unite on World AIDS Day 2008 Exit Disclaimer. This event encourages bloggers from around the world to dedicate their blog posts on December 1, 2008 (World AIDS Day) to issues related to HIV/AIDS.

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November 11, 2008


World AIDS Day in Second Life

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World AIDS Day Second Life Poster

World AIDS Day Second Life Poster

World AIDS Day (December 1) is less than a month away! One of our many World AIDS Day activities will be our participation in a Second Life Exit Disclaimer (SL) 2008 World AIDS Day event. As we mentioned in a previous post about SL, virtual worlds can be an effective way to reach people with HIV resources and information. Thanks to a generous grant from the National Library of Medicine, the Alliance Library System Exit Disclaimer (which also developed Health Info Island Exit Disclaimer) will open a brand new SL island Exit Disclaimer on World AIDS Day. That island will be dedicated to HIV/AIDS education, outreach, and support.

In preparation for the SL event, we sat down (in SL, of course) with two of the event’s organizers, Ricken Flow (Rick Davis in the real world) and Jenaia Morane Exit Disclaimer (Jena Ball in real life). Rick and Jena are both doing HIV work in SL and told us a bit about their experiences.

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November 04, 2008


Introduction to Mashups: 1 + 1 = Mashups?

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AIDSportal HIV Jobs Mashup

AIDSportal “HIV Jobs” Mashup

Mashups Exit Disclaimer -- what are they? Are they being used by the HIV/AIDS community? To learn more, we spoke with Rob Worthington from AIDSportal Exit Disclaimer and AIDS.gov advisor, David Galiel Exit Disclaimer.

What is a mashup?

Rob told us, “A mashup is a way of combining data, content, or a function from different websites in a new or innovative way. This can create extra value or utility.”

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