HIV/AIDS Awareness Days

National Gay Men's HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

September 27, 2010

September 27 is the third annual observance of National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. The purpose of this day is to increase awareness of HIV/AIDS among gay men. In the United States, HIV/AIDS has disproportionately affected gay men. According to the 2008 surveillance data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), men who have sex with men (MSM) accounted for 54% of all diagnoses of HIV infection in the 37 states with confidential name-based HIV reporting. The estimated number of MSM receiving an HIV diagnosis, as well as the estimated number receiving an AIDS diagnosis, has been increasing over the past several years. It is important to encourage gay men to get tested for HIV, as research has shown that many MSM who know they are infected with HIV change their behaviors to lower their risk of transmitting HIV to their partners.

Each year, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of AIDS Research (OAR) develops a Trans-NIH Plan for HIV-Related Research. The FY 2011 Plan includes the following goals related to research on HIV in gay men:

  • Continue developing preventive interventions targeting at-risk populations, with particular emphasis on drug-use and sex-related risks
  • Develop improved methods for sampling subpopulations and underrepresented populations, with particular attention to those disproportionately affected by HIV infection
  • Enhance the ability to ensure protection for human subjects involved in research and the ethical conduct of research, including informed consent
  • Investigate the structural and policy-related human right limitations that affect HIV prevention and access to treatment and care
  • Evaluate male circumcision and its impact on HIV transmission and acquisition
  • Study the impact of access to care, antiretroviral therapy (ART), microbicides, and vaccines on risk behaviors and HIV acquisition

The links on this page provide information about National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day and resources on HIV prevention, treatment, and research, including information specifically related to gay men.


HIV/AIDS-Related Research and Gay Men

FY 2011 Trans-NIH Plan for HIV-Related Research
: Comprehensive plan for all NIH HIV-related research for 2011, from OAR, NIH. The plan includes research related to HIV in gay men.

Clinical Trials Related to HIV in Gay Men: Studies seeking volunteers, provided by the AIDSinfo clinical trial search. To help narrow your search for clinical trials, Live Help, a service of AIDSinfo, is available to provide one-on-one assistance via the Internet. Assistance from AIDSinfo is also available by calling 800-448-0440.

Recent HIV Research Related to Gay Men: Research published in the last year concerning HIV and gay men, from 

HIV/AIDS Statistics and Gay Men

Men Who Have Sex with Men and HIV/AIDS
: Fact sheet on HIV among MSM including critical issues related to HIV infection, from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

HIV/AIDS and Men Who Have Sex with Men (MSM): Fact sheet that includes HIV/AIDS statistics for MSM, from CDC.

HIV/AIDS Surveillance in Men Who Have Sex with Men (MSM): Fact sheet with a downloadable slide set detailing HIV incidence in the MSM population, from CDC.

HIV/AIDS Statistics among Men Who Have Sex with Men (MSM): Press release that includes statistics about the incidence of HIV/AIDS in MSM in the United States, from CDC.

HIV and AIDS among Gay and Bisexual Men: Fact sheet with statistics about the incidence of HIV/AIDS in gay and bisexual men broken down by racial and ethnic groups, from CDC.

HIV/AIDS and Young Men Who Have Sex with Men: Fact sheet about HIV/AIDS in the young MSM population, from CDC.

HIV/AIDS Resources and Gay Men

Gay and Lesbian Health HIV/AIDS Links: Links to information and resources related to HIV and the gay and lesbian population, from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) Specialized Information Services (SIS).

Questions and Answers about HIV Vaccine Research for Men Who Have Sex with Men: Fact sheet with common questions and answers about HIV preventive vaccine research, from NIAID.

Gay and Bisexual Men's Health: Web site featuring health information and resources for gay and bisexual men, from CDC.

HIV/AIDS Links for Men: Links to HIV/AIDS information and resources, from CDC National Prevention Information Network (NPIN).

Gay Men’s Health Podcasts: List of podcasts related to HIV/AIDS and gay men, including podcasts about risk factors and prevention strategies, from CDC.

AIDSinfo Resources

AIDSinfo and its Spanish-language companion Web site, infoSIDA, provide HIV/AIDS treatment and research information in both English and Spanish:

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