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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  • hivgay

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  • http://seocrows.com/ giangolapo

    Whoaa, I always thought it was just a day for people with HIV
    Dong goi

  • Indigo

    I wasn’t in the thick of it but I wasn’t without multiple partners. I got to the Mineshaft and to SF on occasion. Yet I was the only one in my “crowd” that did not get sick. The remote Celtic gene is one possible explanation. And then there’s the Algonquin part but I know nothing about that genetic line or vulnerabilities other than my system lacks the enzyme to metabolize beer and alcohol. Gives me a headache every time.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    That too!

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    Same gene pool here I. plus Scottish Highlands.

  • Indigo

    That could be. I’m descended in part from inhabitants of the southwest of medieval Ireland where the Black Plague did not penetrate, it just died out instead. I’m not likely to test for it, but it’s an ethnic possibility.

  • docsterx

    Indeed. Unfortunately, there are also memories of the families and friends who abandoned those with AIDS. The fear, segregation, despair, governmental denial, hate and violence that also appeared.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    Amen, brother.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    Those of who survived carry in living memory twenty years of hell, enormous grief, horror, extraordinary bravery, the undefeatable strength of the GLTBQ tribes and their allies, and the unfathomable depths of love.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    You may have the CCR5 gene.

  • Indigo

    True. And always eat their vegetables. (I used to live up there ;-)

  • Mike_in_the_Tundra

    And the Twin Cities is very liberal.

  • Indigo

    Much of that might have to do with where I live. Central Florida is heavily Log Cabinated.

  • Mike_in_the_Tundra

    That is very curious. I know several guys who are quite upfront about being positive.

    Although, my husband and I lost a lot of friends during the 80s, some are still around. We figured we survived through sheer luck.

  • Indigo

    Curiously, most gay guys I know now are either not infected or treat the infection as a Secret That Must Not Be Told. Silence = death. Always did. As for my social crowd from the 1970s, I’m the only one living. I don’t know how I didn’t get infected, Neanderthal genetics, possibly.

  • benb

    Tragedy that HIV was sexually transmitted mainly between men having sex with men. Had HIV been airborne or transmitted any other way, this country would have gone DefCon 1 right away.

  • http://www.herpeswoo.com/ HerpesWoo.com

    People should be aware of the spread of HIV/AIDs.

  • http://buddybest.tripod.com/index.html BuddyNovinski

    I just saw a buddy for the first time in eleven years. He left work then because he was so ill. It turned out he is HIV positive. He looked good, and I hugged him. That was the first time I ever did so with someone with HIV.
    Also, 1 December is Matthew Wayne Shepard’s 37th birthday. Could it have been a coincidence that his birthday falls on the same day as World AIDS day? I wonder what the little guy would be doing now, for he was HIV positive before my buddy.
    Let’s also note that 6 December is Ryan White’s 42nd birthday. He was born on Saint Nicholas Day, the patron saint of children. Ironically, here was a child (13) who contracted HIV through a clotting factor to alleviate his hemophilia.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    Terrific idea. Too many have forgotten that HIV remains a serious health risk.

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