September 26, 2013
Concord, NH – The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Division of Public Health Services (DPHS) HIV Prevention Program is announcing National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Friday September 27th, a time to reflect on the heavy toll of HIV among gay and bisexual men and acknowledge the contributions they have made in the fight against HIV and AIDS.
"More than one-third of gay and bisexual men with HIV in the US are HIV positive and don’t know it,” said New Hampshire’s Public Health Director Dr. José Montero. “As part of raising awareness about this issue, we are encouraging these men to get tested and know their status. Knowing your status and then getting connected to treatment if you are HIV positive are critical steps in protecting your own health and that of a sexual partner.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that anyone at high risk for HIV from sexual activity or injection drug use should be tested at least once a year. Sexually active men who have sex with men may benefit from more frequent testing, such as every 3 to 6 months. Call your provider to find out about testing, or if you don’t have insurance and are in this risk group consider attending one of the following sites.
NASHUA COMMUNITY HEALTH DEPARTMENT
18 Mulberry Street Nashua, NH
MANCHESTER HEALTH DEPARTMENT
1528 Elm Street Manchester, NH
JOAN G. LOVERING HEALTH CENTER
559 Portsmouth Avenue Greenland, NH
Testing is one step to help stop the spread of HIV and ensure better health. If you cannot get to a testing site on Friday, you are encouraged to talk with your provider about getting tested in the future.
For more information about HIV/AIDS visit the CDC website at: http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/ or the DHHS website: http://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/bchs/std/hivprevention.htm.