Ryan White and Gay Men's HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Ryan White and Gay Men's HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

September 27, 2016
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As it was in the earliest days of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, gay and bisexual men (men who have sex with men, MSM) comprise the majority of HIV/AIDS cases in the U.S., representing over half of those infected with HIV/AIDS. MSM represent about 47% of clients served by the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (2014 data).

About two-thirds of new HIV infections in the U.S. each year are among MSM. The impact is heaviest on African American MSM. Get the latest facts on HIV/AIDS and MSM (September 2016).

National Gay Men's HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is September 27. Awareness day activities focus on testing and prevention, engagement in care for those who are infected, and battling stigma and homophobia.

Ryan White Care Makes a Difference

MSM who get care from the RWHAP experience relatively high HIV health outcomes. According to 2014 HRSA RSR client level data report, among RWHAP clients:

  • Retention in care for MSM (79.4%) was consistent with the national RWHAP average (80.4%) and with the average for men overall (79.6%).
  • Viral Suppression for MSM (82.8%) was slightly higher than the national RWHAP average (81.4%) and was relatively consistent with the average for men overall (82.1%). Viral Suppression was generally high among MSM across racial/ethnic subpopulations. However, the figure was 75.3% among black/African American MSM.

HRSA TA/Training Targeting Black MSM

HRSA’s HIV/AIDS Bureau has a number of initiatives underway to enhance access to HIV care for black gay/bisexual men, presented in the form of engagement in care best practices, health literacy and more. Among these is the Center for Engaging Black MSM Across the Care Continuum and its two online platforms of models of care: His Health and Well Versed.

See the TARGET Center topic page on men who have sex with men.

Other Initiatives

HRSA has funded other TA/training projects that address MSM and other populations include: Building Care/Prevention Capacity: HIV Care Continuum in Southern Metro Areas; Improving Access to Care Using Community Health Workers Increase Access to Health Care Coverage & Improve Health Literacy; and Leadership Training for People of Color Living with HIV. In addition, a SPNS Initiative seeks to use social media to improve care engagement across the HIV Care Continuum.

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