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2020 National Gay Men's HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (September 27)

Although gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (MSM) make up an estimated 2% of the U.S. population, well over half (61%) of all persons living with diagnosed HIV in the U.S. during 2018 were MSM. In addition, gay and bisexual men accounted for over two-thirds (69%) of all new HIV diagnoses during 2018.  This year, National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NGMHAAD) will be observed on Sunday, September 27 to draw attention to the disproportional impact of the HIV epidemic on gay and bisexual men, and the steps these men can take to stay healthy.

To help you and your patients or clients prepare for and mark the day, we’ve compiled an annotated list of online resources focusing on HIV/AIDS among gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men. 
 

Fact Sheets and General Background Information 

National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (CDC) – This web page for NGMHAAD has links to fact sheets, social media resources, infographics, prevention campaigns, and other materials. 

HIV and Gay and Bisexual Men (CDC) – This fact sheet summarizes data on new HIV diagnoses among gay and bisexual men, as well as trends in HIV diagnoses over time, with breakdowns by race/ethnicity and age. 

HIV and Gay and Bisexual Men (AIDSinfo) – This fact sheet examines how HIV affects gay and bisexual men, factors that put gay and bisexual men at risk for HIV infection, HIV testing recommendations, and steps gay and bisexual men can take to protect themselves and their partners from HIV infection. Also available in Spanish

HIV and African American Gay and Bisexual Men (CDC) – This fact sheet focuses specifically on the impact of the HIV epidemic on African American gay and bisexual men – the group most affected by HIV in the U.S.  

HIV and Hispanic/Latino Gay and Bisexual Men (CDC) – This focuses specifically on the impact of the HIV epidemic on Hispanic/Latino gay and bisexual men – a group that has experienced a significant increase in new HIV diagnoses in recent years. Also available in Spanish

Highlighted CDC HIV Prevention Activities Concerning HIV and African American Gay and Bisexual Men (CDC) – This issue brief focuses on HIV risk factors, prevention, surveillance, awareness-raising, community-engagement, behavioral interventions, research, and other activities to address the HIV epidemic among African American gay and bisexual men. 

HIV Prevention for Hispanic/Latino Gay and Bisexual Men (CDC) – This issue brief discusses recent data on HIV among Hispanics/Latinos, with a particular emphasis on gay and bisexual men. The brief examines the social and structural factors that increase HIV risk among Hispanic/Latino gay and bisexual men, the continuum of HIV care, and CDC’s ongoing efforts to intensify prevention activities. 

Men Who Have Sex with Men (MSM), HIV, and AIDS (Avert) – This issue brief focuses on MSM in depth. It includes information on the global epidemiology of HIV among MSM, risk factors, prevention programs, HIV testing, barriers to prevention, access to antiretroviral treatment, and approaches for addressing the epidemic among MSM. 

Infographics on Gay and Bisexual Men and HIV (AIDSVu):


HIV Surveillance Reports and Data Analyses

Diagnoses of HIV Infection in the United States and Dependent Areas, 2018 (updated) (CDC) – This 119-page report includes detailed information about new HIV diagnoses, deaths, and prevalence among gay and bisexual men and other men who have sex with men (MSM). Breakdowns are also provided by age, gender, other transmission categories, and geographic region. The report also includes a special focus profile that highlights trends and the distribution of HIV among MSM. In addition, Tables 5a and 5b of the report focus specifically on MSM. 

HIV Surveillance in Urban and Nonurban Areas 2018 (Preliminary) (CDC) – This slide set presents data on regional variations in diagnoses of HIV and AIDS among adults and adolescents in the U.S. A few slides in this set focus on HIV diagnoses in different HIV transmission categories – including male-to-male sexual conduct – in large metropolitan areas, smaller metropolitan areas, and nonmetropolitan areas. 

HIV Infection Risk, Prevention, and Testing Behaviors Among Men Who Have Sex with Men – National HIV Behavioral Surveillance 23 U.S. Cities, 2017 (CDC) – This report examines HIV prevalence, HIV testing rates, sexual behaviors, drug use, binge drinking, diagnoses of sexually transmitted infections, and receipt of HIV prevention among the surveyed men. 

AIDSVu – AIDSVu is an interactive online mapping tool that visualizes the impact of the HIV epidemic on communities across the United States.  State-by-state data and limited county data for each New England state are available at the following links: ConnecticutMaineMassachusettsNew HampshireRhode Island, and Vermont. The state data include information on new HIV diagnoses and HIV prevalence with breakdowns by transmission category, including male-to-male sexual contact alone or with injection drug use.