National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

September 27

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) gay and bisexual men are the population most affected by HIV in the United States. In 2019, gay and bisexual men accounted for 69% of the 36,801 new HIV diagnoses in the United States and dependent territories.

However, there are signs of progress. The CDC reports that new HIV diagnoses decreased 9% from 2015 to 2019 among gay and bisexual men overall. CDC data also shows that HIV infections are falling among some age and racial and ethnic groups of gay and bisexual men. However, disparities continue to exist among Black/African American and Hispanic/Latino gay and bisexual men where 37% and 32% account for new HIV diagnoses compared to other racial and ethnic groups. For further information, see HIV and Gay and Bisexual Men: HIV Diagnoses.

First observed in 2008 by the National Association of People with AIDS, the National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is a time to focus on the impact of HIV and AIDS on gay and bisexual men as well as ongoing efforts to reduce HIV and AIDS in this population. Browse the links below to learn more about the annual observance and find HIV-related information specific to gay men.

The U.S. Government recognizes National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.

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National Gay Men's HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Webpages

NIH Research Related to HIV and AIDS in Gay Men

  • NIH Strategic Plan for HIV and HIV-Related Research (FY 2021—2025), from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of AIDS Research (OAR). The Plan describes NIH research priorities to prevent, treat, and eventually cure HIV and AIDS. Reducing health disparities is a crosscutting area of research emphasized in the Plan.
  • HIV/AIDS-Related Clinical Trials: Research studies related to HIV and AIDS and men who have sex with men (MSM), from Call HIVinfo at 1-800-448-0440 for assistance with your clinical trials search.

Current Research Related to HIV and AIDS in Gay Men

Additional Information and Resources

From CDC:

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