June 27, 2014 by Jeff Krehely, Vice President and Chief Foundation Officer
Even as a rising tide lifts support for LGBT equality all across the country, our community continues to face formidable challenges – few greater than HIV.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), gay and bisexual men account for more than two-thirds of all new HIV infections in the United States. Rates of transmission are especially high among young gay and bisexual men of color, who are often unable to seek and obtain high-quality care because of stigma, discrimination and social barriers largely out of their control. And recent studies have shown extremely high rates among transgender women, who are nearly 34 times more likely to have HIV than other women.
Thirty years ago, the LGBT community mobilized to decrease HIV infections dramatically, making the entire LGBT movement stronger. Now it’s time to summon the power of our community to change the history of HIV once again. With recent advances in prevention and treatment options, this can be done – and now is the time to act.
That is why HRC is intensifying our work on HIV, particularly in the realm of public education and outreach. From partnering with the Greater than AIDS campaign to raise awareness and promote testing at LGBT Pride festivals this summer, to expanding the number of resources we have related to HIV, HRC is committed to ending this epidemic and the stigma facing people living with HIV.
This year, on National Testing Day, let us come together to take the test and take control – for our relationships, for our health, and for our community.
Check out HRC’s new “HIV/AIDS” topic page, where you can get answers to Frequently Asked Questions about HIV, debunk common myths, gain helpful information about PrEP and PEP, and learn more about the impact of HIV on the LGBT community. Join the conversation by using #SpeakOutHIV and #NHTD.