Start Talking. Stop HIV., a new phase of CDC’s Act Against AIDS initiative, seeks to reduce new HIV infections among gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men by encouraging open discussion about a range of HIV prevention strategies and related sexual health issues between sex partners. Effective partner communication about HIV can reduce HIV transmission by supporting HIV testing, HIV status disclosure, condom use, and the use of medicines to prevent and treat HIV.
Though they only represent 2% of the overall population, gay and bisexual men–including those who inject drugs–account for over half of the 1.1 million people living with HIV in the United States (57%, or an estimated 657,800 people), and two-thirds of all new HIV infections each year. A 2011 study in 20 U.S. cities with high AIDS prevalence found that 18% of gay or bisexual men had HIV. That’s about 1 in 6 men. Of those men, 33% did not know they had HIV.
We cannot afford to underestimate talking as an essential step in HIV prevention–Start Talking in an effort to Stop HIV among gay and bisexual men. If you’re looking for a way to start talking, start here! Whether you’re searching for tips on how to start important conversations about safer sex with your sexual partner or searching for resourceful tools to supplement your organization’s HIV prevention efforts toward stopping HIV in the gay community – search no more! The suite of free campaign resources offered below provides practical tips and tools for kick-starting conversations between intimate partners about safer sex and HIV prevention strategies.
Click on the link below to view campaign videos and behind-the-scenes footage featuring 37 gay and bisexual men who share their experiences communicating with their sexual partners about HIV. Watch these videos together with your partner as a way to start the conversation! You can also share and embed these videos on your website and social media channels to spark conversations online.
Click here to view all of the free, downloadable resources to spread the word in your community and help men take the first step and get comfortable talking about HIV testing, their status, condoms, and new options like medicines that prevent and treat HIV.