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GMHC Statement on National Gay Men's HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

9.26.2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 27, 2017
Contact: Cub Barrett | 212-367-1561| CubB@GMHC.org

Below is a statement from Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC) CEO Kelsey Louie on National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

On Wednesday, September 27, Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC) recognizes National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day by urging all citizens to focus on what each of us can do to halt the HIV and AIDS epidemic among men who have sex with men (MSM). We know that MSM, though comprising only 2% of the U.S. population, account for more than two-thirds of the 50,000 new HIV infections in the U.S. every year. We also know that Black and Latino MSM are disproportionately affected by the epidemic, bearing the brunt of those new diagnoses.

But we also know that we have the tools to stop the AIDS epidemic in its tracks. We urge all sexually active HIV-negative people—especially MSM—to be regularly tested for HIV, and to responsibly use condoms, PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis), and PEP (post-exposure prophylaxis) as prevention tools. We also urge all people living with HIV to consult with their doctors to devise drug regimens to keep their viral loads as low as possible: Undetectable = Untransmittable.

If all people, HIV-negative and HIV-positive, employ these existing, proven strategies, we can fulfill New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s pledge to end the HIV and AIDS epidemic in New York State by 2020.

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About Gay Men's Health Crisis: Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC) is the world's first HIV/AIDS service organization. GMHC is on the front lines providing services to over 12,000 people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. Programs include: testing, prevention, nutrition, legal, supportive housing, mental health and substance use services. GMHC also advocates for stronger public policies at the local, state and federal levels with the goal of ending AIDS as an epidemic. For more information, visit  www.gmhc.org.