September 27 is National Gay Men's HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.
National Gay Men's HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is an annual observance to recognize the disproportionate impact of the epidemic on gay and bisexual men and what they can do to stay healthy. Gay and bisexual men are more severely affected by HIV than any other group in the United States. More than 600,000 of the 1.1 million people living with HIV in the United States are gay and bisexual men, and 70% of new HIV infections are among gay and bisexual men.
Around 1 in 6 gay and bisexual men living with HIV is undiagnosed. Knowing your HIV status gives you powerful information to help keep you and your partner healthy.
To find a testing site near you, visit Get Tested, text your ZIP code to KNOWIT (566948), or call 1-800-CDC-INFO (232-4636). You can also get a home testing kit from a pharmacy or online.
March 18-21 is the 2019 National HIV Prevention Conference in Atlanta, Georgia.
The National HIV Prevention Conference is the preeminent HIV prevention conference in the United States involving state, local, and tribal health departments, community based organizations, federal agencies, researchers, clinicians, people living with HIV and others sharing the latest advancements, strategies, and accomplishments in HIV prevention. The theme for NHPC 2019 is Getting to No New HIV Infections, which will highlight dynamic approaches to HIV prevention, detection and management, and the critical roles that different communities have in achieving this vision. To find out more, visit CDC.gov.
September 18 is National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day
National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day is a day of observance that brings light to the challenges that the aging population faces in regards to HIV/AIDS. This day is used to highlight topics such as prevention, testing and treatment of those who are aging with HIV/AIDS.
The face of HIV/AIDS is a graying one. As of 2015, 50 percent of people with HIV in the U.S. will be age 50 and older. By 2020, more than 70 percent of Americans with HIV are expected to 50 and older.
Older patients are often diagnosed late in the course of infection, which leads to shorter HIV-to-AIDS intervals. In 2014, about 40% of people aged 55 and older were diagnosed with AIDS at the time of HIV diagnosis.There are several reasons for late diagnosis of HIV/AIDS in older people. Medical institutions are less focused on testing older people, while people aged 55 and older think that they are not exposed to the risk of infections or confuse the early symptoms of HIV with the signs of aging.