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Issue No. 14 | June 14, 2018

News and Features

NLM-Authored Journal Article Describes Trends in HIV Language Use

Trends in HIV Terminology: Text Mining and Data Visualization Assessment of International AIDS Conference Abstracts Over 25 Years, an article describing research on the evolving use of HIV-related language, was recently published in JMIR Public Health and Surveillance. The article is authored by the National Library of Medicine (NLM) staff who conducted the study.

The article describes the text mining and data visualization approach NLM used to analyze trends in HIV language use. Discussion of the study results links the addition, disappearance, and changing use of HIV terminology to corresponding advances in HIV research and efforts to destigmatize HIV. The article includes terminology recommendations to further effective, non-stigmatizing communication about HIV, especially between health care providers and people living with HIV.

Read the journal article to learn more about this study.


June 27 is National HIV Testing Day

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about one in seven people in the United States who have HIV don’t know that they are HIV positive. National HIV Testing Day is an annual occasion to encourage people to take an HIV test. CDC recommends that everyone between the ages of 13 and 64 get tested for HIV at least once as part of routine health care. People with certain risk factors should get tested more often. To learn more, visit the AIDSinfo National HIV Testing Day webpage [en español].


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