Post submitted by Maureen McCarty, former HRC Deputy Director of Marketing

Today on The Huffington Post, HRC President Chad Griffin marked National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, a day that invites us all to pay particular attention to the impact of HIV/AIDS on those who continue to be hit hardest.  

HRC President Chad Griffin states: 

Right now, 63 percent of new HIV infections occur among gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men -- with particularly high infection rates among men of color and men 13- to 24-years-old. Transgender women face an even greater risk -- they're up to 49 times more likely to have HIV than the general population. And as the number of older Americans identifying as LGBT continues to grow, our health care system isn't consistently prepared to provide the comprehensive treatment they deserve.

We're at a turning point. Recent advances in prevention, testing and treatment offer incredible hope for a future without HIV/AIDS. But that future is only possible if everyone has access to resources and care.

Read the full op-ed piece here.

To help raise awareness, HRC launched a week-long campaign touting daily facts about how HIV/AIDS affects MSM and featuring guest blog posts from vanguards in the fight against it.

To learn more about the campaign and #BeintheKnow, click here.

Filed under: Health & Aging, HIV & AIDS

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