September 27 is National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NGMHAAD). Despite comprising an estimated 2% of the national population, Gay and Bisexual Men account for two-thirds of new HIV diagnoses in the U.S.
According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (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.
Links to resource:
- Learn more on HIV and Gay and Bisexual Men Health on CDC.gov.
- Learn more the practice of prevention using pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP).
- Learn more about National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.
- Explore the full tools and resources for NGMHAAD, at AIDSVu.org.
- Learn more about the Healthy People 2020 Topics & Objectives: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Health,the Healthy People 2020 website has a specific focus to improve the health, safety, and well-being of LGBT individuals
- Read about the latest news and updates on NGMHAAD.
Population of focus: LGBTQ.