In support of National Gay Men's HIV/AIDS Awareness Day on Sept 27th GLAD (Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders) has joined hundreds of organizations & individuals in signing onto a joint letter to re-engage the broader LGBT community in the fight against HIV/AIDS. According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), gay & bisexual men & men who have sex with men account of 63% of the new HIV infections in 2010. In fact gay men are the only group in which HIV infections are increasing. Lee Swislow, Executive Director of GLAD stated, “HIV continues to have a disproportionate & devastating impact on our community. All of us in the community should commit our time, talent & resources to ending the epidemic.” The joint letter reads in part: “Over the last 30 years, the LGBT community has seen great strides in the movement for full equality. Much of this success is the result of a concerted movement, which was galvanized in response to the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s…In the decades since our movement has seen incredible victories… Unfortunately, our community hasn't maintained the same momentum in our fight against HIV… Each day more than 80 gay & bisexual men become infected with HIV in the United States… Despite these alarming statistics, which have galvanized our community in the past, the HIV epidemic has seemed to fall by the wayside. Many in our community have simply stopped talking about the issue. This must change." Please Practice Safe-Sex & Get Tested.
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