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Long-Term HIV Survivor Discovers the Power of Twitter

August 25, 2010

Social media isn't just for the kids to give people a blow-by-blow of their day -- it's also being used to raise awareness around a range of important issues. The Chicago Tribune reported on the impact that Rae Lewis-Thornton, a popular blogger and long-term HIV survivor, has had using Twitter to spread the word about HIV, especially among African Americans.

Lewis-Thornton, 48, admits that she was reluctant to start using Twitter -- she didn't think keeping the message under 140 characters would translate to people. But 2,000 plus followers and 20,000 tweets later, her tune has changed. "I call this hard-core activism," she said. "I'm reminding you on a daily basis that AIDS is real. If you have AIDS you can live with it; I'm an example of that. I want you to see the life -- the good, the bad and the ugly."

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Comment by: Nikki (Chicago) Thu., Sep. 2, 2010 at 1:07 am EDT
Rae has always been very open about her HIV and AIDS status. I had hoped she would have been able to remarry but I am so glad you guys are keeping her story out there.
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