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05/21/2014 10:14 am ET | Updated Feb 02, 2016

'Start Talking. Stop HIV.' Campaign Launched By Center For Disease Control And Prevention

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An important new HIV/AIDS campaign starts today and it encourages gay and bisexual men to have open and honest conversations about being tested with their partners.

Spearheaded by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), "Start Talking. Stop HIV." aims to have individuals engage in openly communicative behaviors with their partners in order to reduce risk of transmitting HIV/AIDs. According to the campaign, studies have shown that open conversations about testing and prevention don't occur very often within relationships among gay and bisexual men.

“Given the range of HIV prevention options available today, talking about HIV prevention has never been more important for gay and bisexual men,” Jonathan Mermin, M.D., M.P.H., director of CDC’s National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention, said in a statement. “Only after having open and honest conversations can partners make informed choices about which strategies will work for them. 'Start Talking. Stop HIV,' urges gay and bisexual men to break the silence and take control of their health.”

Start Talking. Stop HIV. is the latest campaign of CDC’s "Act Against AIDS" initiative. Head here for more information.

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