NH DHHS Encourages Testing for National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, Friday September 27

Concord, NH – The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Division

of Public Health Services (DPHS) HIV Prevention Program is announcing

National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Friday September 27th, a time to

reflect on the heavy toll of HIV among gay and bisexual men and acknowledge

the contributions they have made in the fight against HIV and AIDS.

“More than one-third of gay and bisexual men with HIV in the US are HIV

positive and don’t know it,” said NH’s Public Health Director Dr. Jose

Montero. “As part of raising awareness about this issue, we are

encouraging these men to get tested and know their status. Knowing your

status and then getting connected to treatment if you are HIV positive are

critical steps in protecting your own health and that of a sexual partner.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that anyone

at high risk for HIV from sexual activity or injection drug use should be

tested at least once a year. Sexually active men who have sex with men may

benefit from more frequent testing, such as every 3 to 6 months. Call your

provider to find out about testing, or if you don’t have insurance and are

in this risk group consider attending one of the following sites.


18 Mulberry Street Nashua, NH

(603) 589-4500


1528 Elm Street Manchester, NH

(603) 624-6466


559 Portsmouth Avenue Greenland, NH

(603) 436-7588

Testing is one step to help stop the spread of HIV and ensure better

health. If you cannot get to a testing site on Friday, you are encouraged

to talk with your provider about getting tested in the future.

For more information about HIV/AIDS visit the CDC website at:

http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/ or the DHHS website: