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National Gay Men's HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

September 27, 2019
 
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Black gay and bisexual men are more affected by HIV than any other group in the United States.

In the U.S. and in Mississippi gay and bisexual men are the group most likely to be diagnosed with HIV. You can change that. HIV medication, taken as prescribed, can reduce the HIV virus in your body to undetectable levels.

Getting to Undetectable

People with HIV who take HIV medicine as prescribed and achieve a suppressed or undetectable viral load can stay healthy and have no effective risk of transmitting HIV through sex to HIV-negative partners. About half (52%) of gay and bisexual men in the U.S. with HIV have a suppressed viral load.

How can you get to undetectable? Get tested, get treated, and stay on treatment

Getting Tested

Knowing your HIV status is the first step to stopping the spread of HIV to others, and getting the right help for yourself. It's the first step to taking control, enjoying life, and stopping HIV/AIDS.

Free HIV testing, condoms, prevention, support services and care information are all available from the organizations below.

AIDS Services Coalition
121 College Street
Hattiesburg, MS 39401
Phone: 601-450-4286

My Brother’s Keeper – South
1221 Bridge Street
Gulfport, MS 39507
Phone: (228)-896-5515
or 100 S 20th Ave
Hattiesburg, MS 39401
Phone:601-582-0031

Jackson Medical Mall Foundation Care4Me Services
350 W Woodrow Wilson,
Suite 101
Jackson, MS 39213
Phone: 601-982-8467

Other testing sources

PrEP: Effective HIV Prevention for Healthy Men

A new medication called pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is highly effective at preventing HIV infection if you are healthy but at very high risk of HIV. Taken consistently, PrEP combined with safe sexual practices can keep you and others much safer from HIV.

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Last reviewed on Sep 12, 2019
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