National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day 2010


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National Gay Men's HIV/AIDS Awareness Day 2010

A review of the history of the HIV/AIDS epidemic (see the December 4, 2008 “HIV/AIDS – Advances in Hope Video Podcast”) might leave some people puzzled about why National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day will be marked on September 27. Many of us in the HIV/AIDS community (and some people beyond this circle) well know that gay men have been longtime leaders in calling for an effective nationwide response to this epidemic. The history of the HIV/AIDS epidemic Exit Disclaimer in the United States as it has evolved over the last 30 years has been significantly informed by these voices.

So why in 2010 does The National Association of People with AIDS (NAPWA) Exit Disclaimer call for the observance of National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day? As a leadership organization, we know the statistics: men who have sex with men (MSMs) are disproportionately affected by the epidemic and that our work to end stigma and encourage testing Exit Disclaimer is not over. We know about complacency and the decrease in the public sense of urgency about the epidemic. Exit Disclaimer (PDF, 428 KB) We see the social media landscape, where health information seeking behavior Exit Disclaimer is a critical part of the public’s Internet activity and where social media and the use of mobile and other technologies have become integral to our daily life. Much attention has been given to the online behaviors of MSMs in terms of seeking sex. Finally, we know that the National HIV/AIDS Strategy has identified gay men as a high risk priority population deserving of a combined response by governments at all levels, businesses, faith communities, philanthropy, the scientific and medical communities, educational institutions, people living with HIV, and others.

This September 27, NAPWA is using new and old media tools to raise awareness of the issue of HIV/AIDS among gay men. NAPWA is on Twitter Exit Disclaimer and its website Exit Disclaimer offers factsheets, Exit Disclaimer a poster Exit Disclaimer (PDF, 1.81 MB) and other resources for local event organizers and individuals.

I ask each of you to consider how your use of social media can support our messages, both on the observance day and year round. Please share with us how you are supporting National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.


  1. I will be making an announcement at our next board of directors meeting on September 27th.
    Thank you,
    David Shamer
    Assistant Secretary/treasure

    • Mark Ginton says:

      It’s great that you are doing all this work educating people on this subject. I have few friend with HIV and in my book it’s worse then cancer. An the worst thing is that it can be avoided with very simple precautions. We need to do more work to make people aware of the dangers.

      I’m glad i found this post. Keep up great work guys.

  2. A great and informative post! Thanks for helping in the fight to end such a dreadful and still devastating disease. Although HIV/AIDS is not the death sentence it once was, and is now a manageable illness, it is still a serious one. It is sad that the media and LGBT community isn’t giving this illness the amount of attention that is needed. Here’s to the eradication of this disease.

  3. We share about HIV everyday through our social media efforts. We started today with Twitter and Facebook to help get the word out about National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.
    I am the father of an HIV positive son. I know first hand that a lifetime of accomplishments and hard work can be compromised with an HIV positive diagnosis. It may not be a death sentence, but it is a life sentence.
    I work everyday so he may live his life without limitations.
    Please let me know what more we can do.
    Kelly Markell

  4. We are focusing on promoting National Gay HIV/AID’s Awareness Day on the 27th of September by engaging and involving our community. The goal is to have as many people as possible to take pictures with a condom to promote safe sex, and we ask of them to post the pics on Facebook on the day of to bring awareness of this day. We thank you for efforts in ending this epidemic. You can look us up on

  5. Clifford Teachout says:

    Would like more information about this sight sent to my email ? Thank you

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