5 Ways You Can Help Get Tested Coachella Valley End HIV on National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

15 Sep 5 Ways You Can Help Get Tested Coachella Valley End HIV on National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

September 27 is National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, and Get Tested Coachella Valley is inviting you to join us in stopping the spread of HIV in the gay men’s community with five ways you can get involved today.

HIV has been a crucial issue in the gay community for decades, which is why Get Tested Coachella Valley works toward ending the HIV epidemic in this community throughout the year by participating in events like the White Party and Blatino Oasis.

We can’t end the epidemic on our own, though, so if you’re ready to help Get Tested Coachella Valley bring about the end of HIV, here are five things you can do today in honor of National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day:

Get tested. Free and confidential HIV tests are available throughout the Coachella Valley, and it just takes a quick oral swab and 20 minutes to know your status. Click here to find out where you can get an HIV test in the Coachella Valley.

Take a friend to get tested. If you already know your status, great! Now, it’s time to make sure that the important people in your life do, too. Support your friends by offering to go with them to get an HIV test, and remind them that while you’re there for moral support, their results will always be confidential and never shared.

Sign up to host an Orange Party. Gather a group of your friends, family members, coworkers or neighbors and leave the pizza, sodas and HIV education to us. An Orange Party is a great way to throw a fun get-together while creating a comfortable environment to remove the stigma surrounding HIV.

Start a conversation with your loved ones about HIV. The CDC’s Start Talking. Stop HIV. campaign is working to reduce HIV transmission among gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men, and the website has all the tools you need to talk to your loved ones about HIV testing, statuses, transmission, and prevention. Whether you’re looking for conversation starters, safe sex tips or information about how you and your partner can stay safe, you’ll find plenty of inspiration on the Start Talking. Stop HIV. website.

Check out our social media pages. We’re sharing videos, photos, articles and other content related to NGMHAAD this month. Join us on Facebook and Instagram to continue the conversation about National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, and don’t forget to share our pages with your friends.