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John Meletse – DEAF PROUD HIV+ GAY

John Meletse is Deaf gay black man from South Africa.  He was the first black Deaf South African to publicly come out as gay. A year later he was the first Deaf South African to disclose his HIV status. He shares his story in this video.  Video courtesy Open Society Foundations.

AIDS Quilt Panel

Blast from the Past: 1996 AIDS Quilt Memorial

[Photo of Drago Renteria comforting Hope Manley in front of her Dad’s quilt panel at the 1996 AIDS Quilt Memorial.]

October 1996, Washington, D.C.: The AIDS Memorial Quilt covered the entire National Mall. This would be the last year the Quilt was dispayed in its entirety. It was also the first time that a display of the Quilt had been visited by an American president. – Quilt History

Deaf AIDS Awareness

Names of Deaf Lost to AIDS

World AIDS Day is always an emotional day for us. We have lost so many amazing people in our community to AIDS. We often wonder what our community would be like if they were still with us.

Each year on this day, we update the Names of Deaf Lost to AIDS website. Adding new names to this list is always heart wrenching.

HIV/AIDS - Get Tested!

Deaf Gay / Bisexual Men: Do You Know Your HIV Status?

Today is National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.  According to a survey conducted by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), one in five sexually active Gay and Bisexual men living in the U.S. are infected with HIV and half of them don’t know it.

The number of new HIV infections is increasing each year among men who have sex with men.  The CDC recommends routine HIV tests for everyone. For Gay and Bisexual men, CDC recommends being tested for HIV at least once per year and for those who have anonymous or multiple male sex partners, every three to six months.

Take action in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Know your HIV status and get tested regularly.

[Image credit: GMHC]

HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness

HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness

Today is National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that half of the people living with HIV infection in the U.S. today will be 50 years of age or older by 2015.

Learn more:

Aging with HIV/AIDS
Fact Sheet
HIV/AIDS and Older People

Every 9 1/2 Minutes Someone in the US is Infected with HIV

Every 9 1/2 Minutes

Every 9 1/2 minutes someone in the U.S. is infected with HIV.

The first cases of what would later become known as AIDS were reported in the United States in June of 1981. Since then, 1.7 million people in the U.S. are estimated to have been infected with HIV.

CDC estimates that more than one million people are living with HIV in the U.S. One in five (20%) of those people living with HIV is unaware of their infection.