National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
September 27, 2013
September 27 is the sixth annual observance of National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. The day serves to highlight the continuing impact of the HIV/AIDS epidemic among gay men.
Gay and bisexual men are more severely affected by HIV than any other group in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (MSM) represent approximately 2% of the U.S. population but accounted for 63% of all new HIV infections in 2010. By the end of 2010, an estimated 302,148 MSM with an AIDS diagnosis had died in the United States since the beginning of the epidemic, representing 48% of all deaths of people with an AIDS diagnosis.
Because of the high prevalence of HIV in this population, it is important for gay, bisexual, and other MSM to be tested for HIV and to take steps to reduce their risk of HIV transmission.
We invite you to explore our National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day webpage to learn more about HIV/AIDS and gay men.
Additional Information and Resources
Gay, Bisexual, and Other Men Who Have Sex With Men, from CDC. Includes links to fact sheets, websites, CDC campaigns, podcasts, and more.
HIV/AIDS - Specific Populations: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT)