Using social media to spread the word about HIV/AIDS

Posted at 12:39 PM, Feb 07, 2014
and last updated 2014-02-07 15:30:06-05

(WTVR) – February 7 is National Black AIDS Day. A day to  spread awareness of HIV/AIDS in the African-American community.

Health leaders and activists have turned to social media to speak out on the issue and urge people to know their status.

Rae Lewis-Thorton, minister and AIDS activist spoke on her experiences with being diagnosed with HIV in a YouTube video. She urged people going through the same situation to not let it control their lives.

Rapper and music producer Swizz Beats was also featured in a YouTube video by the Center for Disease control urging young people to get tested for HIV/AIDS.

A Twitter town hall was held at noon using the hashtag #NBHAADchat. It was a call to action for people to get tested for HIV/AIDS. People from all over the country logged in to express their opinions on the issue.