April 26, 2012
Never before has the hashtag #HIV or #AIDS trended on Twitter, not even on World AIDS Day. With over 100 million users on Twitter and with a few months of preparation until the International AIDS Conference (IAC) is to be hosted in the USA (Washington, D.C.) from July 22-27, four HIV/AIDS activists have come together to assemble a team of faces and voices who will encourage the global community to tweet heavily during this week using the hashtags, #HIV, #AIDS and #IAC.
Together, through this campaign, we [the global community] can, we must, make #HIV and #AIDS a trend. This is a HUGE opportunity to bring much-needed awareness to the HIV/AIDS, global epidemic. To achieve success we must all make a conscious effort to tweet our little fingers off! Again, simply use the hashtags #HIV, #AIDS, and #IAC in all of your tweets during the week of the International AIDS Conference.
The six guys responsible for this global teamwork effort to bring a much broader awareness to the global HIV/AIDS epidemic include: Kevin Maloney of Rise Up to HIV, Daniel Bauer, escape artist and founder of LivingPozitively.com, Robert Breining, founder and host of Poz I Am Radio/Social Network, Jeromy Dunn of PozitivelySpeaking.com and co-host, Poz I Am Radio, Aaron Matthew Laxton, YouTube sensation and creator of My HIV Journey and Mitch Knapp, HIV activist. Already this campaign is receiving great momentum and support from Twitter users and HIV activists including Tom Donahue, Maria HIV Mejia and Michelle Anderson (Miss Plus America 2011).
The #HIV trend project will not end here! Kevin, Daniel, Robert, Jeromy, Aaron and Mitch also plan to unveil in the very new future, details of a bold, new project to keep the #HIV trend in motion. The project is named, #HIV: Let's Trend Until the End, and plans to tackle both national awareness and outreach while simultaneously combating HIV/AIDS-related issues (along with other STIs such as hepatitis C) at a grassroots level.
#HIV: Let's Trend until the End will redefine how HIV, AIDS and hepatitis C (along with other STIs) awareness, prevention, outreach, activism and much more are put into action in areas that are in desperate need of support.
To participate in this campaign, simply RSVP on the campaign's Facebook Event Page and click on "going," then tweet your little fingers off during July 22 through July 27 using the hashtags, #HIV and #AIDS. Also, we encourage Twitter followers to follow the HashTagHIV Twitter Campaign account to learn about upcoming IAC developments and future project details.
For those organizations looking to partner or sponsor this campaign, please contact Kevin Maloney of Rise Up to HIV at Kevin@riseuptohiv.org.
Together we can make this campaign a HUGE success!