Category Archive: HIV/AIDS

  1. HIV/AIDS & Social Media News Roundup

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    HIV/AIDS News

    • Personalized Text Messages Could Boost HIV Medication Adherence – “A personalized text messaging reminder service significantly boosted antiretroviral (ARV) adherence over a six-week period compared with a standard beeper reminder system, according to a study published in the March issue of AIDS Patient Care and STDs.”
    • Adults With HIV at Increased Risk of Bone Fractures, Study Finds
    • Maine AIDS Alliance Closing its Doors – “Maine’s only statewide HIV/AIDS advocacy group is closing in June after more than two decades of lobbying for patients in Augusta and organizing Maine AIDS Walks and World AIDS Day events. The Maine AIDS Alliance expects to lose state funding starting next year. Rather than try to stay open, the group says it will find a new organization to take on its advocacy duties.”
    • Indonesia: Closing brothels ‘won’t stop HIV’ – YOGYAKARTA: The National AIDS Commission (KPA) says that shuttering sites of prostitution will not stop the spread of HIV, but will instead make it more difficult to control the virus’ spread.

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  2. HIV/AIDS News Roundup and I am in the press!

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    In other news, I was quoted on behalf of my organization (where I am a co-founder and community organizer), SWOP-NYC, in the Village Voice as well as at! For more information on the bill and how to get involved, check out this page and this short PSA.

  3. Cool HIV Prevention/Awareness Projects

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    Why Stand

    The ʻChoose to Stand Up” campaign was developed by African Services Committee in partnership with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. African Services Committee has worked for over 20 years providing HIV testing, support and access to treatment for immigrant New Yorkers. And, while effective treatments have dramatically changed the fight against AIDS, stigma and discrimination against HIV+ people remain nearly as strong as ever.

    Cable Positive’s Youth AIDS Media Institute (YAMI) University (project has ended)

    Cable Positive’s Youth AIDS Media Institute University (YAMI-U) will teach young people how to leverage the technology they are using on a daily basis to engage their peers to disseminate vital HIV/AIDS educational messages in the form of a multi-platform social advocacy marketing campaign.

    Here is the NY Times article about Cable Positive: “Fighting AIDS, Peer to Peer” (May 11, 2009)

    Born HIV Free

    An international multimedia campaign around HIV prevention by The Global Fund. The goal is to eliminate HIV transmission from mother to child by 2012.


    Starting 26 October, for six consecutive Tuesdays, UNAIDS will introduce a series of themes related to HIV prevention via discussions on Facebook, Twitter, and AIDSspace and through YouTube clips, interactive polls and quizzes. As part of the initiative, five animated films have been developed as conversation starters.

    The aim is to inspire and encourage people using social media to know more about HIV prevention, as well as to make the keyword (or hashtag as it is known on Twitter) #PreventionRevolution trend on Twitter in as many places as possible on 1 December 2010.

    MTV’s Staying Alive

    Since it launched in 1998, MTV’s award winning Staying Alive campaign has become the world’s largest youth focused HIV and AIDS prevention campaign. The multi-media campaign consists of documentaries, public service announcements, youth forums and web content produced for young audiences worldwide. In order to reach as many households as possible globally, all Staying Alive content is available to third party broadcasters rights-free.

    The success of Staying Alive is owing to its retained set of core beliefs and values – that change lies in the hands of young people. If the dynamics of the HIV epidemic are really to alter, then it is imperative that this generation be informed and empowered.

    The Staying Alive campaign is a partnership between MTV Networks International, UNAIDS, UNICEF and PEPFAR. Staying Alive has also partnered with, SIDA, CIDA, the World Bank, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation among others.

    In an unsurprising coincidence, I ran into my friend Francisco Ramirez on the Staying Alive website in an awesome video:

    MTV-Staying Alive from Jason Wood on Vimeo.

  4. HIV/AIDS News Roundup

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    Health Department unveiling free iPhone application that allows New Yorkers to find free condoms

    “We are trying to reach everyone having sex,” said Monica Sweeney, the agency’s point person for HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control. “The younger generation uses their iPhone and we want to make it convenient for them to access condoms.”

    Cool condoms for safe sex

    Collective disapproval, adverse legislation and service norms are among the main causes hampering condom access for sexually active adolescents. Gender relationships, sexual culture and sex education in the Caribbean do not sufficiently support preventive behaviour based on a realistic personal risk assessment.”

    HIV Epidemiology and Field Services

    The following tables provide annual data on new diagnoses of HIV (non-AIDS), concurrent HIV/AIDS and AIDS, as well as the number of persons living with HIV and AIDS and the number of deaths among persons with HIV and AIDS. The data are shown for New York City overall and by sex, race, age, borough, risk factor, and United Hospital Fund neighborhood.

    Harlem Pastors Join the Battle Against HIV/AIDS

    Churches test Harlem residents for National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.

    Social Media Helps Drive New AIDS Awareness Campaign

    The social media campaign created by the National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS (NBLCA) is actually a facebook forum where people can share their stories. I wonder how they are driving traffic to the forum, both in terms of folks who are positive who will share their stories and those who are not who will utilize it as prevention messaging as well as those who are positive and seeking support or treatment information. The forum can be found here.

    “I Talk Because”: A Better Way to Do HIV/AIDS Awareness Ads

    The New York City Council, together with HIV/AIDS organizations across the five boroughs, has launched a YouTube-based HIV/AIDS awareness campaign that began on World AIDS Day, December 1st, 2009.

  5. Thesis Statement Draft v2

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    Thesis Proposal Title
    Project Y.E.S. : A Mobile/Social Media HIV Intervention (TBD)

    Thesis Statement
    Project Y.E.S. (Youth, Empowerment & Sexuality) incorporates both mobile technology and social media as part of an HIV intervention targeting New York City youth.

    Personal Statement
    I am interested in the intersections of sexuality, public health, and social justice. I believe mobile technology and social media can be integrated both into existing interventions as well as stand alone interventions to increase knowledge of safer sex, HIV/AIDS prevention, and options for those who are HIV positive. I intend for my work to increase knowledge and testing, decrease stigma, increase access to prevention and treatment information, and fosters community among folks who are HIV+, their allies, and communities.
    According to CDC reports, “At the end of 2006, an estimated 1,106,250 persons (95% confidence interval 1,056,400-1,156,400) in the United States were living with HIV infection, with 21% undiagnosed.” Barriers to prevention in high-risk populations include criminalization, stigma, poverty, lack of awareness, and substance use. HIV/AIDS and sexual health are social justice issues, with increase HIV prevalence disporportionately impacting LGBTQI youth of color in New York City. According to an article published by the NYCLU, “Comprehensive sexuality education is not a part of the required curriculum in New York State. City schools are not required to provide sexuality education despite a clear need for it: New York City has the highest rates of HIV and AIDS infection in the United States. According to 2005 Youth Risk Behavior Survey data, 41 percent of New York City youth reported becoming sexually active by 9th grade and 58 percent by 12th grade.”

    Through Project Y.E.S., youth will receive non-judgmental information and advice around STIs and HIV prevention, empowering them to make informed decisions around safer sexual practices.



    • Research Available Online
      • Fact Sheet: HIV/AIDS Among Youth by the CDC
      • Pew Internet Research
      • HealthGAP Listserv
      • NY State Sex Ed Website (
    • Activism
      • Pathologies of Power: Health, Human Rights, and the New War on the Poor by Dr. Paul Farmer
      • From ACTUP to the WTO: Urban Protest and Community Building in the Era of Globalization by Benjamin Shepard and Ronald Hayduk
      • Resistance Behind Bars: The Struggles of Incarcerated Women by Victoria Law
      • Electronic Civil Disobedience by Critical Art Ensemble
      • SMS Uprising: Mobile Activism in Africa by Sokari Ekine
    • Blogs
    • Popular Media (Magazines)
    • POZ Magazine
    • Misc.
      • Various literature regarding community-based public health interventions from scholarly journals

    Work Description

    Project Y.E.S. will be a mobile web application directed at New York City youth to provide safer sex information from a harm reduction approach. Users will also be able to locate the nearest LGBTQI-friendly HIV and STI screening facilities to them. The app will be accompanied by a website and blog connected to social media (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube) to provide a comprehensive intervention platform.

  6. Comprehensive Sex Ed Not Mandatory in NY State

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    Check out this article from New York Civil Liberties Union:

    Comprehensive sexuality education is not a part of the required curriculum in New York State. City schools are not required to provide sexuality education despite a clear need for it: New York City has the highest rates of HIV and AIDS infection in the United States. According to 2005 Youth Risk Behavior Survey data, 41 percent of New York City youth reported becoming sexually active by 9th grade and 58 percent by 12th grade.

  7. STDiQ iPhone App

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    STDiQ iPhone App

    STDiQ iPhone App

    STDiQ is a free iPhone app developed by Denver Health. It seems like a really interesting and informative project. I wonder how many downloads it has received and if anyone has attempted to evaluate the intervention’s success?

    From their website:

    STDiQ is a great resource for the sexually active adult, featuring:
    — A risk checker to show what factors can increase your chances of getting an STD
    — An STD testing site locater
    — Fact sheets on 10 common STDs including g*****l herpes, chlamydia and HIV
    — An engaging, educational video, Safe in the City, which has been shown to reduce STDs among those who view it.

    STDiQ is a free download, developed by the Internet and STD Center of Excellence and Denver Health.

  8. HIV/AIDS News Roundup

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