Black Gay Men Hall of Fame Set for First Honorees

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Black Gay Men's 2013 Leadership Conference, which is scheduled from January 17-20 in Los Angeles, will for the first time induct individuals into the Black Gay Men Hall of Fame.

"Selected individuals who have given their time, talents and efforts in working towards a cure for HIV/AIDS, social justice for black men and making the world better for black gay men, will be honored and inducted to the Black Gay Men Hall of Fame," the National AIDs Education & Services for Minorities (NAESM), the Atlanta-based conference sponsor, said in an announcement.

AIDS Project Los Angeles will sponsor the Black Gay Men Hall of Fame Award.

Also during the 10th annual conference, Theo Hodge, MD, a Washington, D.C.-based physician with an expertise in AIDS/ HIV Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome, will discuss the evolving strategies for management of HIV-1.

The HIV/AIDS epidemic continues to affect large numbers of young gay black men, although the disease has stabilized among other African-American groups, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The theme of this year's conference, which is the NAESM's 10th, is "10 Years and the Dialogue Continues: HIV Prevention as Social Justice for Black Gay Men and Men Having Sex with Men in 2013 and Beyond."