In honor of National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day – September 27 – the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) is raising awareness all this week about the disproportionate burden HIV/AIDS has on gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (MSM). According to the HRC blog:
…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.
So far, HRC has tackled the ins and outs of gay male health, PEP & PrEP, the importance of regular and consistent HIV testing, and the unique challenges faced by transgender MSM. Follow HRC all this week to #BeInTheKnow.