National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
September 27, 2015:
September 27, 2015 marks the eighth annual National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NGMHAAD) to focus on the continuing serious and disproportionate effects that HIV/AIDS has had on Gay and Bisexual men.
Originally organized by the National Association of People with AIDS, NGMHAAD's goals are to:
- Raise awareness about HIV/AIDS
- Encourage HIV testing, early diagnosis and linkage to care
- Promote better understanding of the complex factors that drive HIV transmission
- Obtain support for needed public/private resources and governmental policies to prevent new infections and provide treatment for Gay and bisexual men living with HIV
How Organizations Can Participate
Organizations may wish to provide or host activities that can help raise awareness about HIV/AIDS among Gay and Bisexual men within their communities, neighborhoods and worksites:
- Work with local health service or clinic to provide free walk-in HIV tests at clinic or at a community location or event
- Hold a forum at a community center reaching Gay men
- Set-up an AIDS exhibit at your agency or at a local health fair, place of worship or other location reaching Gay and Bisexual men
- Invite a person living with HIV to speak at a local event or place of worship
- Develop news release about HIV/AIDS and Gay and Bisexual men and send to local newspapers
- Encourage local media to provide coverage or do interviews on behalf of the observance
- Arrange for local Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender (GLBT) organizations to commemorate this observance through exhibits, DVDs, and/or guest speakers/health educators from local AIDS organizations
- Have your agency web site include information and links about the observance
- Provide educational posts about the observance through your agency’s social media accounts
In 2010, in the U.S., CDC reported among Gay men:
- 63% of all new HIV infections including those with a history of injecting drugs
- Estimated 30,000 new HIV infections
At the end of 2010, Gay men accounted for:
- 489,121 (56%) of those living with HIV
302,148 Gay men have died since the epidemic began
As of 12/31/14, a total of 10,718 HIV and AIDS cases have been reported to the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) since the epidemic began. Of the 10,718 reported cases, 3,638 have died.
- 6,762 (63%) reported cases were among Gay men including those that injected drugs
- 2,595 Gay men, including those who inject drugs, have died.
There is an estimated 7,988 that are currently living with HIV in Minnesota. Of this total:
- 4,451 (56%) were among Gay men including those that injected drugs (includes those who have relocated to Minnesota)
307 new HIV cases were reported in 2014. Of these cases:
- 155 (50%) were among Gay men including those that injected drugs
- To view detailed Minnesota data go to MDH's HIV/AIDS Surveillance web page.
For More Information & Resources, contact:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
1600 Clifton Rd
Atlanta, GA 30333
TTY: (888) 232-6348
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