National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Did you know that there’s a World AIDS Day every year? Of course you did. You knew that it’s held on December 1st each year. You knew that it’s a day for people to unite to show their support in the war on HIV. You knew that it’s also to remember those who have died from HIV and support those with HIV. And that it helps raise awareness of the disease.

But did you know that there are other days set aside in the US that target certain groups and HIV-related issues to help bring then into the spotlight?

There are many of them. They are HIV/AIDS Awareness Days. There is one each for women and girls, one for aging people, Latinos, Asian and Pacific Islanders and others. (Interestingly, there’s no bisexual or transgendered HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, but there probably should be.) Plus there’s a National HIV Testing Day, HIV Vaccine Awareness Day and a Hepatitis Testing day.

HIV/AIDS ribbon via Shutterstock

HIV/AIDS ribbon via Shutterstock

The next upcoming “Day” is National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. Obviously, the target group is gay men. This year, it’s on September 27th. But there’s a special presentation being held tomorrow, September 25th.

The Centers for Disease Control is sponsoring a Google+ Hangout on Air for this day. But I think that bisexual and transgendered people could benefit from this, as well. And, it should be interesting and informative for just about everyone.

The CDC has entitled this presentation “Innovative Prevention Activities for Gay and Bisexual Men.” The topics to be discussed will be: Testing Together a new testing strategy for couples. Another will feature the benefits of using pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), probably a much underused technique. And there will be a discussion of a campaign that is aimed at getting Hispanic and Latino men to get tested and cope with the stigma attached to HIV in their communities. If you’re not familiar with PrEP, it might be worthwhile to watch. Or get more information on it. It could be a lifesaver.

The Google+ Hangout (NGMHAAD) will take place tomorrow, September 25th, from 2-3 PM Eastern time. The CDC asks you to RSVP here.

The Hangout on Air be viewed at the same site where you RSVP, or you can watch it on the CDC’s YouTube channel. You don’t need a Google account, password or any ID from the CDC, just an internet connection.

An you can find additional information on the National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day here.

Mark Thoma, MD, is a physician who did his residency in internal medicine. Mark has a long history of social activism, and was an early technogeek, and science junkie, after evolving through his nerd phase. Favorite quote: “The most exciting phrase to hear in science... is not 'Eureka!' (I found it!) but 'That's funny.'” - Isaac Asimov

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