Reaching gay men is paramount in ending HIV
Kirk D. Myers, M.P.H., Founder and CEO, Abounding Prosperity, Inc., Dallas, Texas
National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day was first recognized in 2008 to give us a clear opportunity to highlight the highly disproportionate rates of HIV in communities of gay and bisexual men across the United States. While we’ve considerably improved our HIV response through strategic collaborations instituted by our first comprehensive National HIV/AIDS Strategy [PDF 2.18 MB] and rapid shifts in science and policy during the Obama Administration [PDF 606 KB], gay men continue to bear the greatest burden of HIV in America.
Actively sharing how to get HIV tested, how HIV treatment is prevention, and how PrEP works to prevent HIV [PDF 349 KB] with your friends and loved ones are small but impactful ways to change the course of HIV in your networks, and help meet the goals of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy. A couple weeks ago at the U.S. Conference on AIDS, we spoke with Kirk Myers, who founded an organization in Dallas to provide services to Black gay and bisexual men and transgender women. Here’s his story:
People are putting the National HIV/AIDS Strategy into action all over the country. Kirk’s story is just one example about effectively reaching his community where it is, which is essential in meeting the goals of the Strategy [PDF 604 KB] and eventually ending HIV.
By Dr. Amy Lansky, Director, Office of National AIDS Policy, The White House Cross-posted from The White House Office of National AIDS Policy – Blog