Monday, September 27, 2010

GAY MEN'S HIV/AIDS AWARENESS DAY, A TIME TO GET TESTED


It's likely not on your calendar, although it should be, but today's National Gay Men's HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.
While HIV/AIDS certainly isn't a "gay disease," men who have sex with men remains one of the most at risk populations: the CDC reports that 1 in 5 of these men are HIV-positive and about 44% are unaware. Jeffrey Crowley, director of the White House Office of National HIV Policy office, remarked, "We see large numbers of annual infections. We see very high relative risks compared to other groups, and most disturbing of all, unlike other groups, we see rising infection rates."
The New York Times yesterday ran a feature yesterday called "Op-Ed at 40," a collection of opinion and editorial from the past four decades that included a poignant, timeless piece called "My AIDS Death," by media man and activist Robert Rafsky, who famously confronted Bill Clinton during his presidential campaign, saying, "We're not dying of AIDS as much as we are dying of 11 years of government neglect."

The piece seems appropriate for today.
Source Towleroad

7 comments:

  1. Sean,

    You should correct your post. The CDC study reported that 1 in 5 MSM in Urban areas, particularly polled/interviewed as leaving gay bars/dance clubs were HIV positive. This was a focus study, not a study on the general population where the numbers are closer to 1 in 10.

    -RJ

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  2. Having grown up in West Hollywood I never forget. Thanks for posting this item. Hugs. Mike

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  3. Thanks for the info, I didn't know

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  4. I will disagree a little here.

    People know about AIDS; but they continue to have unsafe sex; I hear this from patients all the time. Especially young people who think it won't happen.
    1 in 5 is somewhat because new infections keep happening - this shouldn't be but for bad choices.

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  5. Excellent post!

    According to the Worldwide Statistic, there are more than 33 million people now live with HIV/AID and 2.5 million of them are under the age of 15. Every day more than 7,000 people contract HIV—more than 300 every hour.

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