Post submitted by Noël Gordon, former HRC Senior Program Specialist for HIV Prevention and Health Equity.
Friday, September 27, is National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. Of course, as the saying goes, every day should be gay men’s HIV/AIDS awareness day—but on the 27th all of us are invited to stop and pay particular attention to the impact of HIV/AIDS on those Americans who continue to be hardest hit by it: gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (MSM).
This week, HRC will conduct a social media campaign to raise awareness of how HIV/AIDS affects MSM, particularly men of color and those in the 13-24 age range—among whom new HIV infections are disproportionately high. While tremendous medical advances have helped HIV-positive people live longer and healthier lives, they still face stigma and discrimination. There also remains no cure for the disease with 50,000 new infections occurring every year—63 percent of them among MSM.
HRC’s social media campaign kicks off today with Be in the Know. Each day, the campaign will highlight important facts about HIV/AIDS and MSM. It will also feature daily guest blog posts from organizations that have long been leaders in the fight against HIV/AIDS and the stigma that can accompany it.
Help us raise awareness about HIV/AIDS and MSM throughout this week by using the hashtag #beintheknow on social media. And stay tuned to the HRC blog for insightful guest posts.