National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
After the release of a CDC study that shows that nearly 20 percent of gay and bisexual men living in major US cities are HIV positive, and almost half of these men do not know they are infected, according to federal research, it is with great importance that awareness is continually raised about HIV/AIDS. Today, markes the second annual National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day and the National AIDS Fund (NAF) wants us to remember the thousands of gay men who have lost their lives to the disease, and honor those currently living with HIV. NAF has long been committed to helping men who have sex with men—both living with, and at risk for, HIV/AIDS—prevent the spread of the disease, and access the life-saving care they need if they are living with HIV/AIDS.
The goals of National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day are to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS among gay men; encourage HIV testing, early diagnosis and linkage to care; promote better understanding of the complex factors that drive HIV transmission among gay men; and obtain broad based support to acquire needed public and private resources and sound governmental policies to prevent new infections among gay men and to provide treatment for gay men living with HIV/AIDS.