CDC data says gay men are avoiding HIV tests

Recent data has found that gay men seem to be avoiding HIV tests. This trend leans worse in rural areas. Experts say that a wide-ranging stigma over HIV and AIDS testing is to blame. Investigators for the U....
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CDC: Testing will help ‘turn the tide’ in fight against HIV/AIDS among gay men


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."

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Atlanta hosts events for National HIV Testing Day

Many of Atlanta’s HIV/AIDS organizations will host free HIV screenings and offer other tests Wednesday, June 27, to mark National HIV Testing Day.

First held in 1995, National HIV Testing Day is organized by the National Association of People with AIDS with the goal of increasing HIV/AIDS awareness and test rates across the country. This is the campaign’s 19th year, and organizers hope that continued advocacy and awareness campaigns can increase testing on the local level by 10 percent across the board.

Frank Oldham, the president of the NAPWA, said National HIV Testing Day is important because it was the first AIDS awareness day.