September 27, 2012, is National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day*
The sobering reality is currently in the United States, gay and bisexual men remain among the communities most affected by HIV. Infection rates are still on the rise nationwide for gay and bisexual men—the only risk group for which this is the case. The situation is even starker for young gay black men. This group is becoming infected with HIV at three times the rate of their white counterparts.
We encourage all HIV-negative gay men to get tested for HIV every six months regardless of risk, and HIV-positive men get screened for STIs every three months. If you’ve recently been tested for HIV, thank you for your commitment to maintaining your health and always knowing your status. If it’s been a while since you’ve gone in for a test, we encourage you to visit a free testing clinic near you or make an appointment with your doctor.**
If you cannot visit your own doctor for this important test, visit one of these locations in the Seattle area.
* Not within this demographic? Haven’t been tested recently? Get tested and know your status. Be safe. Be smart.
** From SFAF.