Our first Social Media AIDS Awareness Week (#SMAAW)!

YAHAnet is an international community outreach and research project of the Participatory Cultures Lab founded by Claudia Mitchell, James McGill Professor of the Faculty of Education at McGill University, and funded through CIHR, SSHRC, and UNESCO

From Nov. 26 to Dec. 1, 2012, YAHAnet tried out something new for World AIDS Week! Each day, we hosted an activity on a different social media site to encourage lots of interaction and discussion around the theme of Taking Heart: Working Together to Get to Zero! We used the #SMAAW hashtag on Twitter to share the videos and photos that we featured and encouraged our followers to share their own!



We are finally launching our YouTube account with the WORLD PREMIERE of our short stop-motion film on awareness, acceptance, and taking action! It was created by our super talented summer intern Emily.


Please share, like, and comment on YouTube, and we would love it if you wanted to embed the video on your blog or website :) Also, why not consider trying out stop motion with your friends and creating a video that could go viral to help stop the myths about the HI virus. Let's get to zero new HIV infections!


We have launched our Tumblr account with a photo caption challenge! Images by themselves can create emotional reactions but sometimes words are needed to get to the root of ignorance and bring healing. You can submit a caption as an organization or as an individual — there is no age limit! We look forward to all your captions :) Let's try harder to get to zero discrimination!


Check out all the photos from our Wall of Hands activities in Austria, South Africa, and the United States on Facebook and Picasa! Please comment on our Facebook page or tweet us and tell us your favourite hand images! And don't forget to tell all your friends and colleagues to do the same! If you are interested in running your own "Getting to Zero" Wall of Hands in your community, respond to this Facebook post (or email us at info[at]yahanet[dot]org), and we will be happy to give you some tips!


We have posted the 2nd photo in our new #EndHIVThursday Image & Video Discussion on Facebook! It is an advert that appeared in a Dubai newspaper for World AIDS Day 2006. It is up to you to decide how well it raises awareness and what you would change about it. Comment here! The inspiration for this Facebook campaign came from the #EndHIVThursday campaign on Twitter that involves UNAIDS and UNDP posting shocking and encouraging HIV stats every Thursday.

#FollowFriday / #FF

Check out our special #genderFF shout-out on Twitter to organizations and groups that are focused on gender in the AIDS response. There's so much more work to do to eliminate gender stereotyping (including for LGBTQ communities) and gender-based violence at the community level. We need to make sure that all young women have control of their sexual health. Let's reverse the rate of new female HIV infections!

Follow Friday image created by young designer Anne Glista

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                                         HIV/AIDS — Together we can beat it

                                                              Take heart

                                                                Take art

We know all too well that this week is very busy for many of you with planning for World AIDS Day, so we welcome your participation in these social media activities up until December 7th!