July 3, 2019

National Gay Men's HIV/AIDS Awareness Day 2019

NATIONAL GAY MEN’S HIV/AIDS AWARENESS DAY – SEPTEMBER 26

(Spartanburg, S.C. – July 2, 2019) – National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is designed to continue to raise awareness of the effects of HIV/AIDS on gay and bisexual men in the United States and what they can do to stay healthy. (data sources: SC DHEC, CDC, and the Kaiser Family Foundation)

  • Gay and Bisexual men are disproportionately impacted by HIV/AIDS in the U.S.
  • Gay and Bisexual men have the largest number of new HIV diagnoses in the U.S.
  • In 2016 they accounted for 67%of all new HIV diagnoses in the U.S., but only 2% of the population.
  • 1 in 4 gay and bisexual men living with HIV are unaware they have HIV.

In recognition of National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, Piedmont Care will have HIV testing hours on Thursday, September 26, 2019 from 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. HIV testing is free and confidential. Walk-ins welcome, but appointments suggested. To set up an appointment, please contact us at (864) 582-7773.  Piedmont Care is located at 101 North Pine Street, Suite 200 in Downtown Spartanburg in the Wells Fargo Building.

What can gay and bisexual men do to stay healthy?

  • Learn the facts about HIV. If you or someone you know needs more information about HIV, please contact us. Education is always free.
  • Get tested for HIV and other STDs. The only way to know you have HIV is to get tested. HIV testing at Piedmont Care is free and confidential. Give us a call.
  • Protect yourself and your partner. Using condoms consistently and correctly helps prevent the spread of HIV and STDs. Get free condoms and lube at Piedmont Care.
  • Get treated. If you are a person living with HIV, we can help. Give us a call to learn more about your treatment options.

Piedmont Care is the nonprofit organization providing HIV and AIDS care, prevention, and advocacy in our community. We are the only organization in our area 100% dedicated to fighting HIV and AIDS. Since 1994 we have served more than 1600 people living with HIV/AIDS and their families. In 2004 we created a community HIV prevention program. Since that time, more than 1200 people have learned their HIV status and thousands of our neighbors have accessed free condoms and HIV prevention education.

To learn more about HIV/AIDS, Piedmont Care, and National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, visit us on FacebookTwitter, and www.piedmontcare.org.