ATLANTA — Today, September 27, is National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.
The day was founded in 2008 to mark all that has been accomplished by the gay community in the fight against HIV/AIDS, to remember the quarter-million lovers and brothers that were lost, and to renew the community’s commitment to an AIDS-free future, according to the Greater than AIDS campaign.
Three decades ago, extraordinary community and public health prevention efforts led to dramatic declines in new HIV infections among men who have sex with men. Yet infection rates are now increasing among young gay and bisexual men, particularly men of color.
In fact, and estimated one out of every five gay men living in major U.S. cities is living with HIV, and nearly half don’t know it.
Research and surveillance data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicate us that gay and bisexual men remain at the epicenter of the U.S. HIV epidemic.
HIV prevention, education and testing for men who have sex with men remain top CDC priorities.