Young gay men of color and HIV: Time to talk with GMHC

This Wednesday, July 10, in New York City, Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC) will be holding an event titled "S.O.S. (Save Our Sons): A community discussion on the rising rates of HIV infection among young gay men of color while prevention funding is shrinking"

The event will have a guest panel of experts including panelists from the GMHC, the NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene, and the Hetrick-Martin Institute. The conversation will be moderated by Mathew Rodriguez from thebody.com.

Why is this event important?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (MSM) of all races remain the population most severely affected by HIV. MSM account for more than half (61%) of all new HIV infections in the U.S. each year, as well as nearly half (48%) of people living with HIV.

Between 2006 and 2009, the number of new infections that occurred each year increased among young MSM. MSM is the only risk group in the U.S. in which new HIV infections have been increasing since the early 1990s.

According to the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, MSM and people of color continue to be disproportionately affected by HIV. Of all males newly diagnosed with HIV, 44% were black or Hispanic MSM.

The discussion is open to all and will take place on 446 West 33rd Street, between 9th and 10th avenue in the 7th floor dining room in NYC.

GMHC fights to end the AIDS epidemic and uplifts the lives of all affected as a not-for-profit, volunteer-supported and community-based organization committed to leading the fight against AIDS on a national platform. They provide prevention and care services to men, women and families that are living with, or affected by HIV/AIDS in New York City, as well as advocate scientific, evidence-based public health solutions for hundreds of thousands worldwide. 

For more information on the community discussion call (212) 367-1016 or send an email to krishnas@gmhc.org.

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