CDC Dear Colleague Letter: Gay Men’s Awareness Day

On September 27, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) marked Gay Men’s Awareness Day with a “Dear Colleague” letter highlighting the importance of prevention and care in slowing the spread of HIV among gay and bisexual men. In particular, the letter indicates how antiretroviral therapy (ART) can preserve the health of people living with HIV and induce viral suppression to prevent the spread of the disease from an HIV-positive to HIV-negative partner. As the letter notes, “…people who take ART daily as prescribed and achieve and maintain an undetectable viral load have effectively no risk of sexually transmitting the virus to an HIV-negative partner.”

Read the letter to learn more about the importance of reducing new HIV infections among gay and bisexual men, and what activities and efforts CDC is engaged in to achieve that goal.

About Kim Rodgers

Kim Rodgers serves as a Communications Specialist at NACCHO. Her work includes promoting local health departments' best practices, as well as partner tools and resources, in infectious disease and preparedness through NACCHO's communications channels, storytelling, and outreach to various audiences.

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