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National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day 2010

The National Association of People with AIDS (NAPWA) launched the first National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day on September 28, 2008 to refocus attention on a community that has long been affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic and to combat complacency about HIV among gay men.

NIH Statement on National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day From Anthony S. Fauci, M.D., NIAID Director, on September 27, 2010

The third annual National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day on Sept. 27, 2010, marks an occasion to reflect on how profoundly HIV/AIDS has affected gay and bisexual men. It also is a fitting time to recognize how much this group has influenced the development and implementation of strategies to prevent and treat the virus and the disease.

The HIV/AIDS epidemic continues to exact a terrible toll on gay and bisexual men. In the United States it is estimated that since AIDS was first recognized in 1981, more than half a million gay and bisexual men have been diagnosed with the disease and more than 300,000 have died.

Although men who have sex with men make up only about 4 percent of the U.S. male population ages 13 years and older, sexual transmission of HIV from one man to another accounted for more than half of all new HIV diagnoses in 37 states in 2008. The epidemic is particularly acute among 13- to 29-year-old black males who have sex with other males: More new HIV infections occurred in this population in 2006 than in any other age or racial group of men who have sex with men.
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HOW CAN YOU GET INVOLVED?

NUMBER ONE: Know your status. Get tested. Click here to find a testing site near you.

NUMBER TWO: Protect yourself. Click here to learn more about HIV/AIDS and safer sex.

NUMBER THREE: Spread awareness. Tweet, post to Facebook, blog. Help make your friends, coworkers, colleagues, fans, THE WORLD know that September 28th is National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.
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