ElectionsMatter on National Gay Men's HIV/AIDS Awareness Day!
September 27, 2016 08:15 AM
Annually on September 27, we pause and focus on what our communities can collectively do to reduce the disproportionate impact of HIV/AIDS among gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (MSM) as part of National Gay Men's HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NGMHAAD). According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), only 2% of the the US population identifies as gay and bisexual men, but this demographic makes up more than half of the 1.2 million people living with HIV and two-thirds of all new diagnoses, annually, in our nation. If the current trends of new diagnoses continue, 1-in-6 gay and bisexual men will be diagnosed with HIV in their lifetime, including 1-in-2 Black gay and bisexual men. We must act now to change this alarming trend in our communities!
However, there is hope and these epidemic rates are not set in stone. There are many ways gay and bisexual men can protect themselves and those they care about from HIV. More importantly, we all can can take action to help ensure that the gay and bisexual men in our lives know what options and resources are available to prevent and treat HIV/AIDS. Today and moving forward, we must hold each other accountable to Start Talking. Stop HIV. In addition, we must make sure that our elected officials and those seeking public office are aware that adequate HIV/AIDS funding and resources to the most impacted communities is in fact an election issue that matters in 2016.
On NGMHAAD, Take Action To End HIV/AIDS In Our Communities!
September 27 is also National Voter Registration Day
As part of NGMHAAD and also National Voter Registration Day (NVRD), NBJC is promoting awareness of the impact of HIV/AIDS on Black gay and bisexual men on our social media platforms, while also making sure our families and communities are registered to vote! It is important to advocate for HIV/AIDS and other important health disparities that impact Black communities are election issues that all candidates must be focused on solving.
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