The ASPIRA Association is in a partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for spreading awareness for HIV/AIDS among gay and bisexual men. Statistics from CDC from 2014, indicates that gay and bisexual men accounted for 83% (29,418) of the estimated new HIV diagnoses among all males aged 13 and older and 67% of the total estimated new diagnoses in the United States.
Nearly 1 in 7 gay and bisexual men living with HIV are unaware they have it. People who don’t know they have HIV cannot get the medicines they need to stay healthy and reduce the likelihood of transmitting HIV to their partners. Therefore, they may transmit the infection to others without knowing it.
National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness is a call to action to continue to raise awareness and understanding of the effects of HIV on gay and bisexual men. Do it. Getting tested is the critical first step toward protecting yourself and your partner from HIV. If you don’t have HIV, you can learn how to protect yourself, and if your test is positive, you can get medical treatment that can help you stay healthier, live longer, and reduce your risk of transmitting HIV to your partner. CDC recommends that everyone between the ages of 13 and 64 be tested for HIV at least once as part of routine health care. Some gay and bisexual men may benefit from more frequent testing (e.g., every 3-6 months), as well as from the use of PrEP to prevent HIV in those at high risk .It starts with one conversation at a time.
To get more involved in HIV prevention among gay and bisexual men, ASPIRA urges you to:
- Get tested for HIV
- Getting an HIV test is the only way to know if you have HIV. Learn the basics about HIV testing including the types of tests available.
- You can find a testing center in your area by visiting www.gettested.cdc.gov , or by texting your ZIP code to “KNOW IT” (566948), or by calling 1-800-CDC-INFO.
- Learn more about available HIV home tests
- Start conversations with your partner about stopping HIV
- Engage and promote #NGMHAAD and #StartTalkingHIV on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram
- Post a message, photo, or video on social media to promote National Gay Men’s Awareness Day by using hashtags #NGMHAAD and #StartTalkingHIV
Talking about ways to prevent HIV, getting tested to learn your HIV status, and getting into treatment if you have HIV are actions everyone can take today to reduce the risk of HIV and enjoy longer and healthier lives. On National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, let’s all take some action to help reduce the toll HIV continues to take on gay and bisexual men, and on every community across the nation. .The ASPIRA Association is working towards reducing HIV infections for 2016 and the future by Acting Against AIDS.
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