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How I Learned to Work It Like Beyonce -- or Tried to, Anyway

What is it about Beyonce that's so mesmerizing? On tour, in her super-sexy music videos, in pics on the street -- I've totally caught myself thinking, How can I get my hair to be flouncy like that? Or, Can I figure out how to strut like...Show More Summary

Today is National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day (NYHAAD)

This observance brings together young leaders, national community partners and many other organizations and individual nation-wide to foster a better response to the HIV epidemic. The national lead for NYHAAD is Advocates for Youth A simple way for all of us to help observe NYHAAD is to talk up HIV awareness in person or on...

Young Gay Black Men’s Leadership Initiative Gears Up for 2014 Policy & Advocacy Summit

At we have been fortunate enough to share with you voices from the community of men dedicated to amplifying the response to HIV among Black men who have sex with men (MSM). Our Black Voices blog series brings together young black leaders who are using new media to make a difference for black MSM at...


Editor’s Note: The geeks at encourage you to read this. America is full of geeks—and that’s a really good thing. Geeks are a critical driver of America’s innovation ecosystem, from the entrepreneurs launching startups in Silicon Valley to the scientists experimenting in university research labs to the whiz kids building gadgets in their parents’...

Using Twitter to Amplify Reach of the “We Are Empowered” Watch Party with Alicia Keys

Co-Authored by: Stephanie Green, Program Officer, Health Communication & Media Partnerships Program, Kaiser Family Foundation, and Robbyn Kistler, consultant. On January 19, Grammy Award-winning artist Alicia Keys joined with Greater Than AIDS  to host a “We Are Empowered” National Watch Party and Twitter Chat about women and HIV/AIDS. Show More Summary

Speaking – And Listening – To Teens Through New Media Tools

Editor’s Note: Today we share the sixth story from the new media planning projects supported by in summer 2013. To read earlier posts in this series, click here:  The goal of the Baylor College of Medicine Teen Health Clinic’s website expansion project was to assist adolescents in their searches for reproductive, family planning and...

Snapshots After Character Man.

Donna McKechnie, Jim Brochu, Rick Stockwell, Pamela Myers.Ira Denmark, Character Man Director Robert Bartley, Rick Stockwell, Richard Bell. When Jim called Donna McKechnie, legendary Broadway performer, to come to the tiny Urban Stages...Show More Summary

The Affordable Care Act Resources Round-Up

During his State of the Union speech this week, President Obama asked every American who knows someone without health insurance to help them get covered by March 31st, when open enrollment ends. You can shop for plans and sign up for coverage online at, by phone at 1-800-318-2596, by mail, or directly through an...

Woot! Blog #1000!: Let’s Hear It for MS Milestones

I have always envied award-winning actors and published authors.  Who else is given a stage or a page to say thank you to the important people who’ve helped them with a major accomplishment? Wednesday’s funny but pointed blog happened to be #1000 that we’ve posted.  Who would have thought when we wrote that first post [...]

Chronic Illness Feels Like Living in a Tampon Commercial

Going away parties are a time of real and heartfelt emotional exchanges.  We somehow find the courage to say the things we’ve wanted to say for years but just haven’t had the time, inclination or fortitude.  Such was the case when a large and loving rabble of our family and cherished mates gathered in Seattle [...]

With Gratitude for Dr. Colfax’s Service

As his tenure as Director of the White House Office of National AIDS Policy comes to a close this week, we extend our sincere appreciation to Dr. Grant Colfax for his service. Appointed by President Obama as his lead advisor on domestic HIV/AIDS in 2012, Dr. Colfax has since been responsible for overseeing implementation of...

Multiple Sclerosis Code Words

“Burlington” was a word my classmates in culinary school used to fit into a sentence when we wanted to draw attention to something. We all knew to have a look around if we heard the seemingly innocent word dropped into conversation. For a while, Caryn and I used “Burlington” as an MS code word. Why would anyone [...]

Emmy Rossum Has Some Food Regret

Emmy Rossum took to her Twitter last night to admit she made some "poor decisions" at the craft service table while filming her Showtime series, Shameless. She's just like us, guys. She's just like us. The cause of her guilt: "2 mini mr goodbars, 1 bratwurst, mustard, sauerkraut, a gf blueberry muffin. Show More Summary

We Sing 80s Review

A Wii video game featuring 80s music? Growing up in the 80's I say: Yes, please!I received a bundled pack of the Nordic Games We Sing 80's (to include 2 microphones) for review. Since my husband is also a child of the 80's I figured this would be a fun game for us to have for the Wii. Show More Summary

Access to Information is a Powerful Tool in Strengthening Results for an AIDS-Free Generation

World AIDS Day is a tremendous opportunity for people worldwide to unite together in the fight against HIV.  A contribution to that fight here in the U.S. is the Information Is Powerful Medicine campaign. Launched earlier this year, the campaign contributes to Department-wide efforts guided by the National HIV/AIDS Strategy to improve health outcomes for...

ACA News Round-up

Some recent information from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the White House on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA): Making Measurable Progress to The team continues...Show More Summary

A World of Difference: Emma Rogan

In the years since I left my boyhood home I have lived in three countries, ten states and in about twenty two residences.  That’s a lot of moving, but it’s also been an opportunity to meet all kinds of people.  It has been one of the most interesting and rewarding parts of my life thus [...]

Help end HIV stigma by #FacingAIDS

At we have been excited to see how the use of hashtags has spread over the years into various social media platforms. What started with Twitter has expanded to other social media channels including Facebook, Instagram, Vine and others. For those of you unfamiliar, hashtags are those few, carefully chosen characters after a pound...

Multiple Sclerosis from Inside the Orchestra

A couple of weeks ago I was ambushed by an old schoolmate and hijacked back to 1983.  It was a particular anniversary of an event in our lives which changed and forever shaped us. On a cold, October night in Michigan, USA a tiny little band of 70-odd crushed ensembles two and nearly three times [...]

Veterans and Multiple Sclerosis

“At the eleventh hour on the eleventh day of the eleventh year…” the simple elegance of the phrasing brings one back to the time when the end of a war was marked by an Armistice.  Back to a time so naive as to name what we now know as a prequel “The war to end [...]

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