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|CDC: Testing will help 'turn the tide' in fight against HIV/AIDS among gay men|
|Written by Dyana Bagby|
|Thursday, 27 September 2012 11:51|
Today, Sept. 27, is National Gay Men's HIV/AIDS Awareness Day and the Center's for Disease Control & Prevention is urging gay and bisexual men to get tested for HIV. In the U.S., men who have sex with men continue to be the demographic that has the most new infections each year.
According to the CDC, gay and bisexual men represent 2 percent of the U.S. population,"yet account for more than half of both new HIV infections each year and Americans living with HIV. Since the beginning of the epidemic, nearly 350,000 gay and bisexual men with AIDS have died, and more than 8,000 still die each year."
Kevin Fenton, who is openly gay and director of CDC’s National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and Tuberculosis Prevention, issued a statement marking the fifth anniversary of National Gay Men's HIV/AIDS Awareness Day:
On National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, we honor the remarkable history of gay men’s leadership in the fight against the HIV epidemic. Three decades ago, extraordinary community and public health prevention efforts led to dramatic declines in new HIV infections among men who have sex with men. Yet infection rates are now increasing among young gay and bisexual men, particularly men of color. We must not allow another generation to be devastated by this disease. Together we can, and must, revitalize the passion and dedication that helped turn back the HIV epidemic among gay men during its darkest days.
Photo: Kevin Fenton of the CDC (by Dyana Bagby)
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