In March 2009, Karyn (The Fab Giver) and I launched The Red Pump Project to help bring awareness to the impact of HIV/AIDS on women and girls. However, as we branched out and met more and more people, we kept hearing one particular question: What are you doing for men?
Very good question. We now welcome The Red Tie Project. Much like The Red Pump Project, it will serve as a resource for local and national news and discussions related to HIV/AIDS but from a male perspective. If you would like to get more information or become involved, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Key Snapshot of the U.S. Epidemic Today
* Every 9.5 minutes, someone in the U.S. is infected with HIV
* Number of new HIV infections, 2006: 56,300
* Number of people living with HIV/AIDS: 1.1 million, including more than 468,000 with AIDS
* Number of AIDS deaths since beginning of epidemic: 583,298, including 14,561 in 2007
Percent of people infected with HIV who don’t know it: 21%
Key Statistics Regarding Men and HIV/AIDS
In 2006, men accounted for 73% of new HIV diagnoses, with 53% of cases coming from gay and bisexual men
While 67% of new male diagnosis were the result of male-to-male sexual contact, 16% of new male cases came from high-risk heterosexual contact.
Between 2001 and 2006, among males between the ages of 13 and 24, there was annual increase of 12.4 percent, compared to 1.5 percent for men overall
From 2004-2007, there was a 26% increase in HIV diagnosis amongst men who have sex with men, and a 9% increase among heterosexual males