Join NAPWA in the fourth annual observance of National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NGMHAAD)!
National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is observed annually on September 27th to raise gay men’s awareness of the HIV epidemic and the role they can play in bringing it to an end.
The National Association of People Living with AIDS (NAPWA) reports:
- At least 1.1 million Americans are living today with HIV.
- Half of them are men who have sex with men.
- One in five doesn’t know he is infected.
- At least half, possibly as many as three-quarters of new infections come from people who don’t know they are infected themselves.
- There is no cure yet for HIV. “Cocktail” drugs control the virus and keep us alive, but even with the “cocktail, life with HIV is no picnic.
What’s new in 2011?
- If we’re positive, we do better medically if we know it early and start treatment early.
- When we’re in treatment, we’re less likely to infect others. (But don’t throw out your condoms!)
- We have tools today to slow the epidemic down: treatment as prevention, PrEP for high-risk groups, and our old friends Safe(r) Sex and Safe(r) drug use. We were here at the epidemic’s beginning. Let’s be here for its end!
The National Association Of People Living With Aids will hold the gala, awareness-raising Red Ribbon Party and VIP Pre-party Reception. Tuesday is NGMHAAD itself, with a prayer breakfast, press conference with D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray, and Red Flash Mob Balloon Release. (Click HERE to learn more.)
NAPWA’s National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Conference, September 26 at Human Rights Campaign headquarters in Washington, D.C., will focus on what gay men have experienced in the HIV epidemic and how they are leading the fight to end it. It’s important and it’s free.
HRC President Joe Solmonese will open the conference with remarks on the challenges and growing victories in the campaign for same-sex marriage. Denial of equal marriage rights has been a longstanding barrier to partners’ participation in HIV care decisions. It has also been an obstacle to gay men’s self-acceptance, committed relationships, and safe, responsible sexual lives.
The National Association of People with AIDS (NAPWA) believes in self-determination. We are passionate about making life better and more meaningful for all people living with HIV/AIDS. While the epidemic impacts us directly, we also impact the epidemic by identifying ways to reduce its new infections, mitigate its stigma and alleviate its suffering.
Working together, HIV Positive people and our allies turn obstacles into strengths, barriers into opportunities and prejudice into respect.