#YTHHIV Recap: A Conversation on HIV Prevention and Education

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.

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.

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 featured work from various sexual and reproductive health partners, including Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health (ICAH)‘s initiatives improving sex education in Illinois, Sex, Etc.‘s expertise in teaching young people about sex in engaging, interactive ways and AIDSVu‘s HIV epidemic mapping tools.

Here are some more highlights from the tweetchat:

https://twitter.com/AIDSgov/status/481853204242911232

https://twitter.com/DrewEmanuelMD/status/481855169127133184

Want to catch up on the full conversation?Read the #YTHHIV Storify and share it with your community!

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