Monthly Archives: June 2015

New YTHINFO Text-based Campaign

YTH has been working on a new campaign called YTHINFO!

YTHINFO is a text-based campaign that sends underrepresented youth (16-24 youth of color) weekly sexual health info texts to their personal cell. It makes accessing sexual health information easy, simple, direct, and individualized. It also has a built-in clinic finder, where youth can text their zip code back to us and we’ll tell them where the nearest clinics are.

Please share this information on your network, and let more people know about YTHINFO.

Here’s a link to our landing page for more information:

Or, youth can get started with the campaign by texting “YTHINFO” to 61827.



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Black AIDS Institute’s Black Treatment Advocates Network (BTAN) Efforts

The Black Treatment Advocates Network (BTAN) is a national collaboration of community advocates, including youth, trans* people, and members of the faith community, who work together to connect members of the Black community to HIV education, prevention, and treatment services. The coalition conducts programming in the areas of Prevention & Treatment Education, Peer Navigation, Advocacy, Voluntary Disclosure with the ultimate goal of fighting stigma, preventing new infections, and achieving viral suppression in the Black community.  In an effort to reduce HIV stigma and shame, BTAN has begun to include digital, print, and radio messages informing consumers, HIV service provides, and BTAN leaders of the National Library of Medicine’s online HIV/AIDS information resources.

BTAN is also committed to strengthening local leadership and raising the HIV science and treatment literacy of the black community through education and training, more specifically by hosting 3-day science and treatment trainings with 10 trainings slated for 2015 specific to community needs.

BTAN Los Angeles created a platform for all women: aging, youth, teens, lesbian, bisexual and transwomen, aptly entitled Women AWARE: Advocating for Wellness, Awareness, Reduction, and Empowerment.  This 3-day training spoke to such topics as women and HIV, biomedical interventions for women, HIV and faith, and a number of other topics that address issues specific to all women. BTAN Louisiana had a more centralized community focus concentrating on such topics as Navigating the Healthcare System and Treatment Myths and Suspicions in Black communities.

By the end of 2015, Black AIDS Institute plans to have hosted 10 BTAN trainings nationally with four successful trainings having already taken place and many upcoming trainings including the cities of Atlanta, Charlotte, and Baltimore, BTAN is prepared for an even more robust second half.

For more information on BTAN trainings or how to get involved with BTAN, visit!

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YTHINFO: #sex #health #knowledge

YTH has launched YTHINFO, a texting campaign for youth that delivers weekly sexual health information straight to your cell. You can also use YTHINFO to find local clinics for HIV testing. Text “YTHINFO” to 61827 to get started.YTHINFO: Educating youth about HIV Prevention via SMS

Eighty eight per cent of young Americans age 13 to 17 have their own cell phone or smart phone or daily access to one, and 91% of them use text messaging, texting an average of 30 messages per day. (Teens, Social Media & Technology Overview 2015, Pew Internet Research, 2015)

Multiple campaigns around the world have shown effectiveness in using text messages to educate an audience about risk fack factors for HIV, remind users to get tested and how to stay healthy, including practicing safer sex.

YTHINFO also allows users to search for HIV testing sites and sexual health services from their phone. Users are referred to YTH’s SMS-based clinic locator, which provides information about local free and low-cost sexual health clinics from the CDC NPIN database. Users can text “CLINIC plus zipcode” to 61827 and YTHINFO will send them four of their closest youth friendly clinics.

YTH is promoting the SMS campaign through online social media advertising and youth-serving organizational partnerships to reach underserved youth with weekly text messages.

How can you support the YTHINFO campaign?

Ask youth that you work with to text the word “YTHINFO” to 61827 on their cell phone to opt-in to receiving these weekly text messages.

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NLM Solicits Quotations for 2015 HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is pleased to announce the solicitation of quotations from organizations and libraries to design and conduct projects for improving HIV/AIDS information access for patients and the affected community as well as their caregivers and the general public. Patients and the affected community need access to the most up-to-date and accurate health information to effectively manage and make informed decisions about their health. Health care providers and health educators also need access to the most current information to provide the highest quality of care. NLM is committed to assisting organizations in accessing the spectrum of information resources and services that are currently available. The NLM is particularly interested in proposals with creative and different approaches to disseminate information to populations that have a disproportionate prevalence of HIV/AIDS infections in the United States. These populations include but are not limited to men who have sex with men (MSM), African Americans and Hispanic/Latinos.

Emphasis is on increasing the awareness and utilization of NLM online health and medical resources in the HIV/AIDS Community through the use of innovative and evidence-based projects.

Projects must involve two or more of the following information access categories:

  • Information retrieval;
  • Skills development;
  • Resource development and dissemination; and/or
  • Equipment Acquisition.

Significance is placed upon the following types of organizations or arrangements for developing these programs:

  • Community-based organizations (CBOs) or patient advocacy groups currently providing HIV/AIDS related serves to the affected community;
  • Public libraries serving communities in the provision of HIV/AIDS-related information and resources;
  • Health departments or other local, municipal, or state agencies working to improve public health;
  • Faith-based organizations currently providing HIV/AIDS-related services; and/or
  • Multi-type consortia of the above-listed organizations that may be in existence or formed specifically for this project.

Awards are offered for up to $50,000.

Quotations are due to NLM on July 20, 2015.

The solicitation for the 2015 HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects is posted on the Federal Business Opportunities Web site :

Primary Point of Contact:

Greg Benedict, Contract Specialist
Office of Acquisitions (OA)
National Library of Medicine (NLM)
6707 Democracy Blvd., Suite 105
Bethesda, Maryland 20892-5488
Fax: 301.402.0642

Secondary Point of Contact:

Shari Shor, Contracting Officer
Office of Acquisitions (OA)
National Library of Medicine (NLM)
6707 Democracy Blvd. Suite 105
Bethesda, MD 20892-5488
Office Phone: 301.496.6546
Fax: 301.402.0642

Please Note: Refer to the Federal Business Opportunities Web site for notices, updates, and modifications to the HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Project 2015 RFQ.

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Wallet Cards with HIV/AIDS Information and Resources

By: Dr. Marilyn Fraser-White

The Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health has a long history of conducting community outreach and health promotion interventions in non-traditional settings such as beauty salons, barbershops and faith based institutions.  For its National Library of Medicine funded project, the Institute will utilize barbershops and salons to provide HIV/AIDS information to the community.

We have developed attractive wallet cards, which provide brief messages regarding HIV/AIDS as well as information regarding NLM’s online resources.  Participants will be given the opportunity to opt-in for text messages.  In addition to receiving the attractive wallet cards, participants will also have the opportunity to receive a gift card by entering a monthly drawing.






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Positive Youth Transitions: Link, Click, and Connect

Positive Youth Transitions: Link, Click, and Connect

by: Tina Radin – Philadelphia Fight

Our ACIOP grant helped us to turn our dream of a youth focused Project TEACH class into a reality at Philadelphia FIGHT!  For 20 years we have been offering Project TEACH, our homegrown HIV treatment education program for people living with HIV/AIDS (developed by PLWHA and members of ACT UP Philadelphia).  In the last several years we have had increasing numbers of students aged 18-30, and this grant has allowed us to create a special class to address the ways in which young people struggle to access services and establish strong linkages to HIV care.

So far we’ve had a lot of really exciting success with this program.  Our first cohort had a 100% graduation rate, we enrolled an even larger second cohort and are steadily receiving new applications from our partner agencies; the adolescent HIV/AIDS clinics at St Christopher’s Hospital for Children and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.  Many of our students are learning new skills for the first time; more than 50% of them were unfamiliar with Patient Portals before taking this class, several students in our first cohort were able to connect with a benefits specialist and initiate the process of obtaining medical coverage for the first time, and final evaluation scores showed that students learned where to find safe and reliable health information online (4.45 on a 5 point scale).

In addition to the new health literacy skills our students are building, we truly believe that the creation of a safe space to explore the unique challenges of being a young adult living with HIV is crucial to enabling and empowering them to succeed as adults living with HIV.  The feedback we received from one of our graduates speaks volumes to this very point: “The people in my class as well as my instructors really opened up and shared intimate details about their struggles with living with HIV. There was nothing too clinical about the class and we learned so much from each other. I made friendships with people I wouldn’t have encountered in any other setting. I have true relationships with persons around my age who are experiencing many of the same things that I’ve been too ashamed to admit to other people who might not be too sensitive to my circumstance. I really love the fraternal bond we were able to build, and we continue to nourish. There aren’t enough ways to express how much I appreciate having gone through Youth TEACH!”

Keep an eye out for our next update with a video created by our students to share health information and providing support to other youth who may be transitioning to adult care!

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