Fifth Annual National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day


Today marks National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, which the Centers for Disease Control has commemorated for the past five years as “a time for us to reflect on the heavy toll that HIV takes on gay and bisexual men across the country and to recommit to fighting the disease.” The CDC notes that although men who have sex with men represented an estimated 2 percent of the U.S. population in 2009, they accounted for almost 65 percent of all new HIV infections during that year. Recent years have seen improvements in national attempts to combat the epidemic, however. President Obama’s health care reform law allocated more funds for the CDC’s HIV prevention initiatives, the FDA recently approved a new pill for HIV that could help streamline treatment for the infection, and recent breakthroughs in medical research hold promise for more advanced treatments in the future.