National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
Today is National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. Gay and bisexual men of all races continue to be the risk group most severely affected by HIV. A new study just released by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that nearly one in five gay and bisexual men in 21 US cities were HIV positive. Additionally, this is the only risk group in the U.S. in which the annual number of new HIV infections is increasing. There is an urgent need to expand access to proven HIV prevention interventions for gay and bisexual men, as well as to develop new approaches to fight HIV in this population.
What are we doing to address this epidemic at the IMPACT Program? Through our federal and foundation grants we are conducting research to understand the causes of HIV infection among young gay and bisexual men. We are using this information to create innovative HIV prevention programs, such as our online program called Keep It Up!
What can you do to address the epidemic of HIV/AIDS among gay and bisexual men?
- Get the facts about HIV. Check out this fact sheet prepared by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention that explains how many gay and bisexual men have HIV, the risks for infection, and how to prevent becoming infected. | PDF |
- Know your HIV status. The new study of gay and bisexual men in 21 cities found that 63% of young men that were HIV positive didn’t know. If you get tested and find out you are positive you can get access to medical care and learn ways to avoid transmitting the virus to someone else. Type your zip code or address into the box below to find places near you where you can get a free or low cost HIV test.