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December 29, 2009


Top 10 New Media Lessons 2009 & Open Government Initiative

By Miguel Gomez

Top 10 New Media Lessons 2009 and Open Government Initiative

As 2010 approaches and I look back at 2009, I want to first share some of my new media lessons learned from AIDS.gov.

The most important thing that I learned this year is that we still have so much more to learn! The good news is that as the AIDS community learns and uses more new media tools we are often extending the reach of our HIV/AIDS programs.

At AIDS.gov, we've learned new media is about:

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December 22, 2009


New Media Use at the New York State Department of Health's AIDS Institute

By Miguel Gomez

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At the CDC's HIV Prevention Conference last August, I talked with our colleague, Humberto Cruz, about new media and HIV. Humberto is the Director of the AIDS Institute at the New York State Department of Health Exit Disclaimer. I was excited to hear about the AIDS Institute's adoption of new media — they've developed a widget for emergency room providers of post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) and their Disease Information Specialists are taking a lead for online partner notification for STIs. They have also convened a Social Media Workgroup and are developing a comprehensive new media strategy.

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December 21, 2009


amfAR H1N1 Briefing: Interview with Dr. Susan J. Blumenthal

by Michelle Samplin-Salgado

On December 11, 2009, amfAR sponsored a Congressional briefing on the implications of H1N1 influenza for people living with HIV/AIDS Exit Disclaimer.

I sat down with Dr. Susan J. Blumenthal, Senior Policy and Medical Advisor for amfARExit Disclaimer and former U.S. Assistant Surgeon General, who moderated an expert panel with physicians, and policy and advocacy experts. Listen to a podcast from our conversation or read the transcripts.

Also at the briefing, amfAR released the fact sheet, 2009 H1N1 Flu and HIV/AIDS: What You Need to Know (PDF 133 KB) Exit Disclaimer.

December 15, 2009


Delivering HIV Testing Messages to the Homeless Through Community Voice Mail

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Guest post by Steve Albertson, New Initiatives Director at Community Voice Mail Exit Disclaimer

As mentioned in last week’s post, for this past World AIDS Day, Community Voice Mail (CVM) sent information to tens of thousands of “phoneless” clients about HIV testing resources. For those of you who aren’t familiar, CVM provides a free voice mail box to people in transition without access to a landline or mobile phone. CVM is dedicated to “turning phones into lifelines“. AIDS.gov partnered with CVM for National HIV Testing Day 2009 and again for World AIDS Day 2010. We asked Steve Albertson, New Initiatives Director, to tell us a little more about how CVM’s national office and their affiliates commemorated the day. Here’s what he had to say:

What's the best voice mail message you've ever received?

At CVM, most of our work is focused on a “traditional” communication tool, the phone. Our motto is “turning phones into lifelines”. But we utilize new media to communicate with affiliates, recruit new ones, fundraise and increase awareness about our phonelessness in general, and our services in particular. You can find us on Facebook Exit Disclaimer, Second Life Exit Disclaimer, and Twitter Exit Disclaimer. Fifteen of our affiliates across the country have blogs catering to specific programs - our Seattle CVM just launched a blog Exit Disclaimer, offering local information such as where holiday food banks are in the area, and where the H1N1 vaccine can be obtained in Seattle. We recently created a video that was posted to our YouTube channel Exit Disclaimer where some of our clients told us about the best voicemail message they’ve received Exit Disclaimer.

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December 14, 2009


Dennis deLeon (1948-2009)

By Miguel Gomez

Dennis deLeon

Dennis deLeon

It is with great sadness that we recognize the loss of our friend and colleague, Dennis deLeon, President of the Latino Commission on AIDS Exit Disclaimer, and a staunch ally in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Dennis passed away of heart failure this morning in New York.

I was privileged to work with Dennis since the early 1990s. He was always a mentor and someone who challenged me to do my work better. And, as Christopher Bates, the director of the Office of HIV/AIDS Policy, says: “Dennis was a hero in the truest sense of that term. He fought for HIV-related issues for Latinos and joined forces with others in the community to ensure that everyone had access to HIV/AIDS care and prevention.”

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