National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day 2013 Google+ Hangout On Air

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will host a Google+ Hangout On Air in recognition of National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NGMHAAD) on September 25, from 2-3 p.m. ET. Entitled Innovative HIV Prevention Activities for Gay and Bisexual Men, the event topics include a new HIV testing strategy for gay couples called Testing Together, the benefits of HIV Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) usage for men who have sex with men (MSM), and a national campaign that encourages HIV testing and addresses HIV stigma among Latino/Hispanic MSM.

Please RSVP for the live event at the Google+ event page . The event can be viewed on the Google+ event page or on CDC’s YouTube  channel. There is no need for special equipment or a Google+ account. Internet access is all you need.

Invited speakers include:

  • Wayne A. Duffus, MD, PhD, Associate Director for Health Equity, CDC’s National Center for HIV/AIDS Viral Hepatitis, STD and TB Prevention
Testing Together (Couples HIV Testing and Counseling)
  • Rashad Burgess, MA, Branch Chief, Capacity Building Branch, DHAP, NCHHSTP, CDC
  • Rob Stephenson, PhD, MSc, Associate Professor, Hubert Department of Global Health, Emory University
What Every Gay Man Should Know About PrEP
  • Dawn K. Smith, MD, MS, MPH, Biomedical Interventions Activity Lead, DHAP, NCHHSTP, CDC
  • Jim Pickett, Director of Prevention Advocacy and Gay Men’s Health, AIDS Foundation of Chicago
Reasons/Razones (National HIV Prevention Campaign for Hispanic/Latino Gay Men)
  • Alberto Santana, MS, Campaign Manager, DHAP, NCHHSTP, CDC
  • Miguel Chion, MD, MPH, Associate Director, Education-Capacity Building Assistance, AIDS Project Los Angeles

For more information, go to the Google+ event page .

Note: To learn more, read this blog post which describes hangouts and other aspects of Google+  that may e used within the HIV/AIDS community.


  1. Great event!!! The CDC needs more events like this one. Are there thoughts about having a PrEP campaign come out of CDC or HRSA? I think our communities need one.

  2. Mark A. Davis says:

    Celebrating 25th Anniversary
    I send love and appreciation to friends and family in celebration of 25 years LIVING with HIV since testing positive September 27, 1988. It was a pleasure to share part of the journey at the First Person Story Slam in Queen Village Philadelphia September 24th. Listen to story less than five minutes blessed to live with co-occurring health issues and long enough to endure aging health conditions such as cataracts. I reflect, remember and honor Urbana, OH High and Bowling Green State University friends who died from AIDS-complications. Too many lost to AIDS including Phi Kappa Psi Big Brother Jack Eckley; Urbana High graduates Jim Tolliver, Stanley Johnson, George Beekman and Rock McCall. Visiting the AIDS Memorial Quilt in Washington, DC was saddened to come across a panel for Rock in the first section viewed, yet comforted he had caring people to honor him with the fabric of lives lost too soon known and unknown locally and globally. The love of my life Ted Kirk died October 26, 1998 of AIDS-complications 8 days after our Union Ceremony October 18th at Keystone Hospice where he spent his final days. Same sex marriage was a whisper then and a winning civil rights issue now. Thus, somberly & proudly proclaim I am illegally widowed! My mom Marian asked prior to attending our union ceremony “…is this legal?” The ceremony was led by a gay Presbyterian Minister, a gay United Church of Christ Pastor and a lesbian Rabbi. We were divinely represented. In ten days Ted’s Team put together a beautiful ceremony with invitations, affirming remarks, music, vows, wedding bands, blessings, wearing of yarmulkes and breaking of glass followed by a reception with cake, hors-d’oeuvres and lots of love. After the ceremony drove mom back to my place an hour away too exhausted to trek back. Called to assure he would be told upon waking. The next morning woke laughing hysterically asking mom “How many men get married and go home with their mother?” An epiphany happened at Rite Aid in the Q-Tip© section deciding between a box of 50 or 300. At that moment decided I was going to live and buy in bulk. We all know humor is said to be the best medicine. Why? I add because there is NO co-pay! Cheers, Mark A. Davis, Doughboy, Miss Altered States and Simply MAD
    In addition, I submitted a photo for publication consideration in Positively Aware magazine and/or on website during “A Day With HIV” September 21, 2013.
    Must see photo hopefully published in Nov + Dec edition – – with caption: Mark A. Davis of Queen Village Philadelphia, PA celebrated 25 years living with HIV since testing positive September 27, 1988. Humor is the best medicine! Why? He claims “…because there’s no co-pay!” Burt, a breed of his own, gave paws dressed by his former varsity high school/college cheerleader, homecoming king, drag with a tag 1992 Miss Altered States . . . Cheers, Stage and Pageant Mom Seizing Every Day!
    Photos by Evelyn Friel – September 21, 2013

  3. Jean Marie Badinanyi says:

    I am AIDS Adventist coordinator ,can you support me for to help the orphans and the persons live AIDS

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