What’s In YOUR HIV Prevention Toolbox?

By Rob Banaszak on May 22, 2013 in m2mPower

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Attention U.S. (incl. the territories)-based organizations serving lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning people!

Did you know that gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (MSM) are more severely affected by HIV than any other group in the United States?

What can you do to help? 

You can help spread the word about HIV prevention to the young gay and bisexual men that your organizations serve —  and have fun doing it!  Participate in AIDS United’s Facebook video contest, “What’s in YOUR HIV Prevention Toolbox?”  You could win up to $4000!

Work with your U.S. (incl.the territories)-based LGBTQ organization’s staff and/or volunteers to produce a one-minute video that promotes HIV prevention tools and fits the theme, “What’s in your HIV Prevention Toolbox?”  Entry submissions will be accepted via AIDS United’s Facebook page  June 1 – 30, 2013.  The videos from the three organizations with the greatest number of votes at 11:59 p.m. on June 30, 2013 will  receive up to $4000 as an incentive to begin addressing HIV in their regular work.

The “What’s in Your HIV Prevention Toolbox?” video contest is part of our m2MPower initiative, which seeks to halt the rising rates of HIV among gay and bisexual men and other men who have sex with men.  The official contest rules and regulations are below, and if you have questions you can email HIVtoolbox@aidsunited.org

What are you waiting for?  Start producing your video now!

Rules and Regulations:

  • Must be 18+ to participate and an authorized representative of a LGBTQ organization.
  • Must submit content via Woobox App and agree to the rules and regulations of the contest.
  • All content must conform to Facebook rules, regulations, and guidelines.
  • The contest will run from June 1 through June 30.
  • Winning organizations will be determined by the number of votes within the Woobox App at 11:59 p.m. on June 30, 2013 : 1st place $4,000, 2nd place $3000, 3rd place $2000
  • Winning organizations will be contacted via the provided email address in their Woobox contest application.
  • Videos are encouraged to be longer than 1 minute.
  • Entrants must have the rights to distribute and authorize the distribution of any and all content contained within their submissions.
  • By entering the contest, you agree to grant AIDS United the right to promote, share, and redistribute your entry as it sees fit.
  • AIDS United is not liable or responsible for the accuracy, quality, and legality of the content submitted.
  • This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or associated with Facebook.

How to Enter:

  1. Read the rules and regulations for the contest above
  2. Visit the CDC’s website for resources on HIV prevention at: http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/topics/basic/index.htm
  3. Produce a video, maximum of 1 minute in length, that promotes HIV prevention tools reaching gay and bisexual and other men who have sex with men and fits the theme, “What’s in your HIV prevention toolbox?”
  4. Ensure that your organization has the rights to distribute and authorize the distribution of any and all content contained within your submission and ensure that the content of your video adheres to Facebook’s rules and guidelines.
  5. Submit your video via the Woobox App on the AIDS United Facebook page (available from June 1 to June 30), agreeing to the rules and regulations of the contest and providing your contact information.
  6. Share the link to your video with your friends and fans, encouraging them to vote for the video that best explains HIV prevention tools or that most persuasively encourages use of one’s HIV prevention toolbox.

Sample messages for your video:

•    You can prevent the spread of HIV.
•    Knowing your HIV status helps you take control of your health
•    Taking an HIV test can be simple and easy.
•    If you are negative, use a condom every time.
•    If you are positive and on treatment, you reduce the chance of transmitting HIV by up to 96%
•    Alcohol and drugs cloud judgment and can lead to risky behavior

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