On Tuesday, June 23, we hosted the second annual #YTHHIV Tweetchat to commemorate National HIV Testing Day. Young people, organizations, and community members came together to discuss HIV prevention, education, and sexual health resources for youth.
The Positive Women’s Network USA (@uspwn) and Youth, the Arts, HIV & AIDS Network (@YAHAnet) shared their unique voices and perspectives to the conversation as featured panelists who work at the intersection of HIV and social justice. The Positive Women’s Network focuses specifically on women living with HIV, and YAHAnet addresses youth HIV education and prevention through the arts.
The chat was a huge success, reaching over 164,000 people through the #YTHHIV hashtag. Ninety active participants added 639 unique tweets to the discussion, leading to 1.7 million people seeing #YTHHIV tweets!
We’d also like to give a shout out to @DrZazaCDC, @drklausner, @CAPTC_CBA, @a_sis62, and @ciaramejiax for being some of the top participants in the chat! They added valuable resources, perspectives, and stories on youth HIV prevention to the discussion.
Some of the themes that emerged during the chat included social media, women living with HIV, and digital storytelling, which have been curated below.
Thanks to our awesome panelists and participants for making #YTHHIV as great as it was! And special thanks to the National Library of Medicine for supporting YTH and youth HIV prevention through the #YTHHIV Tweetchat and YTHINFO text message campaign. We look forward to continuing the conversation next year. In the meantime, make sure to follow YTH on Twitter for info on future chats, as well as the latest in youth, tech, and health.
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