September 27, 2011

September 27, 2011
National Gay Men's HIV/AIDS Awareness Day 2011

Welcome to another day in my life. Today is Tuesday and I hope your week is off to a safe and great start. It is another busy week for Dab the AIDS Bear and me as we continue with our speaking and event engagements.

Today is National Gay Men's HIV/AIDS Awareness Day 2011. National Gay Men's HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NGMHAAD) is commemorated annually on September 27. NGMHAAD raises gay men's awareness of the HIV epidemic and the role they can play in bringing it to an end.

Too much of what was true in 2008 is still true today:

At least 1.1 million Americans are living today with HIV.
Half of them are men who have sex with men.
One in five does not know he is infected.
At least half, possibly as many as three quarters of new infections come from people who don't know they are infected themselves.
There is no cure yet for HIV. Cocktail drugs control the virus and keep us alive, but even with the "cocktail, life with HIV is no picnic.

What's new in 2011?

If we are positive, we do better medically if we know it early and start treatment early.
When we are in treatment, we are less likely to infect others. (But do not throw out your condoms!)
We have tools today to slow the epidemic down: treatment as prevention, PrEP for high-risk groups, and our old friends Safe(r) Sex and Safe(r) drug use. We were here at the epidemic's beginning. Let's be here for its end!

Dab the AIDS Bear Project uses partnerships with many other government and private HIV agencies, this website, and a Twitter campaign to -

• Increase gay men's sense of urgency about the epidemic.
• Help them understand their risks and learn how to protect themselves and others.
• Motivate them to seek testing and treatment if they test positive.
• Enlist them to HIV stigma and homophobia.

JOIN US for this year’s National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, September 27!

Until we meet again; here's wishing you health, hope, happiness and just enough.

big bear hug,

Daddy Dab