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June 30, 2009

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I Know, I Took the Test: My HIV Testing Story

By Miguel Gomez

National HIV Testing Day was last Saturday. All month we've encouraged people to listen to real stories from real people about what taking an HIV test means to them. We used a widget to show short videos of both HIV+ and HIV- people sharing their stories about getting tested. And as we moved towards the end of this 4-week National HIV Testing Day blog series, we also listened to the President of the United States talking about his experience taking an HIV test.

I wanted to add to this conversation and share my experience as a gay man getting an HIV test last week.

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June 27, 2009

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National HIV Testing Day - A message from President Obama

by Miguel Gomez

Throughout the month of June, we've been asking people to share their HIV testing stories.

Today, in recognition of National HIV Testing Day, President Obama released a special video message about the importance of HIV testing and his own experiences getting an HIV test in Kenya.

The White House has used TwitterExit Disclaimer , YouTube Exit Disclaimer and other new media tools to get the word out about this video and to spread the word about the importance of knowing your HIV status. We encourage you to watch the video and share it with your friends, co-workers and family.

To find a local HIV testing site, send a text message with your ZIP code to KNOWIT (566948) or visit www.HIVtest.org.

June 23, 2009

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I Know. I Took The Test: Stories from The Positive Project

Podcast of this blog post

Interview of Tony Miles by Jennie Anderson

I Know. I Took The Test: Stories from The Positive Project - Allison

Back in March, we shared videos from The Positive Project Exit Disclaimer in honor of National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. Watching those videos reinforced the power of sharing personal stories about HIV through new media -- and helped inspire our “I Know. I Took the Test” initiative for National HIV Testing Day. Today I'm pleased to share some insights from The Positive Project's Tony Miles as part of our month-long series about HIV testing story initiatives:

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June 18, 2009

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I Know. I Took The Test: Stories from Second Life

Podcast of this blog post

Interview of Jena Ball by Michelle Samplin-Salgado

Jena Ball and Michelle Samplin-Salgado in Second Life

Jena Ball and Michelle Samplin-Salgado in Second Life

We’ve shared HIV testing story intiatives from the Southern AIDS Living Quilt, POZ magazine, and the National Association of People with AIDS leading up to National HIV Testing Day. Today’s post will take us “in world” to some virtual testing day story initiatives happening in Karuna Exit Disclaimer, the National Library of Medicine’s Exit Disclaimer island for AIDS outreach and information in the virtual world of Second Life. Though these stories are from avatars Exit Disclaimer, they are equally as “real” as the others we’ve shared. I spoke to Jena Ball, Project Coordinator of Karuna (Jenaia Morane in Second Life). She told me about the Karuna’s new story initiative, “Healing Quests” that was launched in honor of National HIV Testing Day:

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June 16, 2009

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I Know. I Took The Test: Stories from The National Association of People with AIDS

Podcast of this blog post

Interview of Tom Kujawski by Deb LeBel

National Association of People Living with AIDS

So far in our “I Know. I Took The Test” blog series, we've shared compelling HIV testing videos from the Southern AIDS Living Quilt Exit Disclaimer and POZ Exit Disclaimer. Today I'm excited to highlight a different kind of initiative — This is My StoryExit Disclaimer that shows the power of the written word. The National Association of People with AIDS (NAPWA) Exit Disclaimer, founder and community lead for National HIV Testing Day (NHTD), developed the initiative. I spoke with NAPWA's Tom Kujawski to learn more:

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