On June 25th, just two days before National HIV Testing Day, over 30 healthcare professionals, educators, and providers convened online to have an engaging, fast-paced discussion on resources for youth HIV prevention. Participating in the national collaborative tweetchat coordinated in partnership with YTH, National Library of Medicine and AIDS.gov via the Twitter hashtag #YTHHIV, experts shared information and insights on how to address HIV in various communities.
Images from #YTHHIV Tweetchat
Topics ranged from web-based resources and data shared from AIDS.gov, to using arts and social media for HIV education from YAHAnet (Youth, the Arts, HIV & AIDS Network). Former YTH Youth Advisor and current TeenRISE! Program Manager Ebony Section discussed her experiences as an educator, and Dr. Emanuel from Kaiser Permanente and the Sexual Health Coalition additionally contributed his expertise as a medical provider caring for youth and young women seeking sexual health services. Naina Khanna of the Positive Women’s Network US explained crucial policy initiatives that are being pursued to improve HIV positive women’s access to care. See the Storify recap here!
Using Twitter for Health Discussions
HIV prevention and education is a BIG topic, and the #YTHHIV dialogue gathered participants and panelists from diverse sectors in HIV and health to have a holistic discussion. While conversations about resources and information are not limited to the Twittersphere, Twitter is an accessible and useful medium to raise many voices from all over, and create connections for future partnerships and collaboration.
#YTHHIV was a hit! During the hour of the scheduled tweetchat, 350 unique tweets were sent out using the hashtag #YTHHIV (not including retweets). There were 33 individual participants in the conversation. Due to additional reach through retweets and Twitter feet exposure, 48,890 accounts were reached and #YTHHIV resulted in 85,568 impressions.
Content that resulted in the most retweets included messages about digital storytelling resources, social media, and National HIV Testing Day.
A huge thanks to our partners for helping make the #YTHHIV tweetchat a success!
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