HIVE is a national leader in translating medical and scientific information into digestible and useful health information for consumers and providers. In addition to a robust blog (https://www.hiveonline.org/hive-blog/) by and for people living with and affected by HIV, HIVEonline.org hosts six consumer resource pages and three provider resource pages.
HIVE has been strengthening and expanding its reach in recent years through a number of initiatives, including improvements to online content; strategic engagement with the sexual and reproductive health community; creative social media strategies; and engaging talks, webinars, and video series, including an active blog by and for people affected by HIV focused on sexual and reproductive health experiences
What does it mean to make a website and its information more accessible, retrievable and functional?
HIVEonline.org has become a comprehensive online resource for HIV-informed sexual and reproductive health. In September 2018, HIVE began a partnership with the National Library of Medicine aimed at improving online access to evidence-based, inclusive sexual and reproductive health information for people affected by HIV and the providers who care for them.
HIVEonline.org was carefully assessed page by page on a scale developed by HIVE team. The major updates include:
- Expanding online science-based content on pre-exposure prophylaxis, post-exposure prophylaxis, and treatment as prevention/undetectable equals untransmittable to deliver a comprehensive perspective on HIV prevention;
- Using preferred, person-centered language based on the Language Matters guidelines put forth by people living with and affected by HIV – including members of the HIVE team;
- Increasing HIVEonline.org retrievability, functionality, and accessibility by:
- Implementing section 508 compliance protocols to improve aesthetic and increase accessibility for persons of varying abilities. Many of these features can be accessed by clicking on the icon found in the upper left corner of any website page.
- Closely adhering to plain language principles using the Clear Writing Checklist by CDC to maximize readability of consumer-facing pages.
- Expanded, revised and new content including linkage to National Library of Medicine materials for the following resources:
- New web page Infant Feeding and Lactation was developed as a complement to the Perinatal Providers page.
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