September 27 is National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. This national awareness day was first launch in 2008 by the National Association of People with AIDS (NAPWA), as a way to draw attention to the disproportionate impact of the HIV/AIDS epidemic on gay men. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 57% of the 1.1 million people living with HIV in the United States are gay and bisexual men, even though they only account for approximately 2% of the overall population.

There are many ways you can get involved and mark the day. See below for a range of resource on learning more about HIV/AIDS, getting tested, and finding resources that can help.

Get Tested

The only way to tell you have HIV is get tested for the virus. Knowing your HIV status has two vital benefits. Firstly, if you are HIV positive, you can take necessary steps before symptoms appear to access treatment, care and support services, thereby potentially prolonging your life for many years. Secondly if you know you are infected, you can take all the necessary precautions to prevent the spread of HIV to others. The more you know about your own health and well being the better able you are able to take care of yourself and the people you love.

To find a place near you where you can get tested, simply enter your zip code in the box below and hit Go. You can also learn more about HIV testing here.

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