National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day was first recognized in 2008 to give us a clear opportunity to highlight the highly disproportionate rates of HIV in communities of gay and bisexual men across the United States. While we’ve considerably improved our HIV response through strategic collaborations instituted by our first comprehensive National HIV/AIDS Strategy and rapid shifts in science and policy during the Obama Administration, gay men continue to bear the greatest burden of HIV in America.
Actively sharing how to get HIV tested, how HIV treatment is prevention, and how PrEP works to prevent HIV with your friends and loved ones are small but impactful ways to change the course of HIV in your networks, and help meet the goals of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy. A couple weeks ago at the U.S. Conference on AIDS, we spoke with Kirk Myers, who founded an organization in Dallas to provide services to Black gay and bisexual men and transgender women. Here’s his story:
People are putting the National HIV/AIDS Strategy into action all over the country. Kirk’s story is just one example about effectively reaching his community where it is, which is essential in meeting the goals of the Strategy and eventually ending HIV.
What’s your story? By September 30, tell us about how you or your organization is reaching gay and bisexual men, providing services, improving health outcomes, and reducing disparities. The Strategy is a national plan, not just a federal one, and your story helps paint the nationwide picture of how the Strategy is working.
On this National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, let’s remember our gay loved ones and friends who were taken too soon by HIV, and recommit ourselves to a vision where:
The United States will become a place where new HIV infections are rare,
and when they do occur, every person, regardless of age, gender, race/ethnicity,
sexual orientation, gender identity, or socio-economic circumstance
will have unfettered access to high quality, life-extending care,
free from stigma and discrimination.