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NATIONAL GAY MEN’S HIV/AIDS AWARENESS DAY - Last Friday in September

National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day | Last Friday in September
National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day | Last Friday in September

NATIONAL GAY MEN’S HIV/AIDS AWARENESS DAY

Each year on the last Friday in September, National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NGMHAAD) builds awareness and increases education about this disease. The day also focuses on finding ways to eliminate the disease. 

#GayMensHIVAIDSAwarenessDay

The Centers for Disease Control recommends anyone between the age of 13 and 64 receive an HIV test as part of a routine physical. Those who are sexually active, the CDC recommends testing once per year and sometimes more frequently, depending on risk factors.

The day encourages a more open dialogue between partners as well. Improving understanding of the disease and access to testing helps reduce risk. 

Those with HIV/AIDs need to understand the importance of uninterrupted treatment. Since HIV weakens the immune system, it is important to maintain a vaccine schedule, too. 

HOW TO OBSERVE NATIONAL GAY MEN’S HIV/AIDS AWARENESS DAY

Services and opportunities to help raise awareness about HIV/AIDS come in many forms. During this observance and others like it, there are several ways to participate.

  • Learn more about prevention and risk factors.
  • Help eliminate the stigma associated with HIV/AIDS through education.
  • Find a clinic near you for testing.
  • Support research programs.
  • Visit aids.gov to learn more about the event.
  • The cdc.gov offers information and links to services.
  • Visit the aidsinfo.nih.gov for a complete overview of the disease, research and more.
  • Use #GayMensHIVAIDSAwarenessDay to post on social media.

NATIONAL GAY MEN’S HIV/AIDS AWARENESS DAY HISTORY

In 2008, the National Association of People with AIDS (NAPWA) launched this observance day to recognize the disproportionate impact of the epidemic on gay men.


DATES:
30 September 2022
29 September 2023
27 September 2024
26 September 2025
25 September 2026
24 September 2027
29 September 2028
28 September 2029
27 September 2030
26 September 2031