Since the onset of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in 1981, many people have viewed HIV/AIDS as a gay issue. This, of course, is not accurate, as HIV/AIDS can be found around the globe in both straight and gay people alike.
It is important for you to remember that being an ally and a friend to someone who is gay will not give you HIV/AIDS. Risky sexual practices and drug abuse can lead to contracting HIV/AIDS, no matter if you are straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender. AIDS does not discriminate. The more you educate yourself about this virus, the less you will fear.
If someone you care about is HIV-positive or has AIDS, they need your love and support more than ever. There are many local and national organizations specifically designed to help friends and family of people living with HIV/AIDS.
For a list of national HIV/AIDS hotlines and resources, visit The Body.
Find out testing information and test locations at HIVtest.org.
To get involved in local HIV/AIDS related efforts and youth programs visit the National Association of People with AIDS.
Other helpful organizations include:
Campaign to End AIDS
Latino Commission on AIDS
Black AIDS Institute
Bienestar Human Services
The creation of the Where We Are on TV report in 2005 allows GLAAD to track trends and compile statistics for series regular characters on broadcast television with regard to sexual orientation, gender identity and race/ethnicity for the upcoming season. GLAAD measures the presence of LGBT characters and the visibility of the community they portray on television in upcoming scripted primetime programs; both new and returning shows. This marks the 17th year GLAAD has tracked the number of LGBT characters expected to appear in the new fall television season on both broadcast and cable networks.read more >>