According to CDC, 1 in 6 Gay and Bisexual Men living with HIV are still unaware of their status, underscoring a need for HIV education, testing, and prevention services among this disproportionally impacted group. This year’s National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NGMHAAD), recognized on September 27, unites us behind the theme “The conversation about HIV is changing.”
Gay and Bisexual Men continue to be the population most impacted by HIV, with young men experiencing the biggest increase in new HIV diagnoses. According to CDC, new HIV diagnoses decreased by 5% among Gay and Bisexual Men overall between 2008 and 2017, but among young Gay and Bisexual Men aged 25-34, new HIV diagnoses increased by 28% during that time. This demonstrates a clear need to expanding awareness of and access to HIV prevention and testing services for all Americans, but specifically those groups disproportionately impacted by HIV.
Join us this NGMHAAD to encourage Gay and Bisexual Men to learn more about HIV prevention, testing, and care.
a The term male-to-male sexual contact is used in CDC surveillance systems. It indicates a behavior that transmits HIV infection, not how individuals self-identify in terms of their sexuality. For this awareness day, AIDSVu uses the term gay and bisexual men.
On this National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, get involved and join the fight against HIV:
EDUCATE FAMILY AND FRIENDS: View our local statistics to see how HIV impacts your community.
LEARN MORE: Check out CDC’s page on HIV and Gay and Bisexual Men to learn the prevention challenges and the work the CDC is doing.
GET TESTED: Visit AIDSVu.org/testing to find a testing site near you.
FIND PREVENTION: Use AIDSVu’s PrEP locator to find a local PrEP provider.