A new campaign called “Behind Closed Drawers” hopes to raise awareness to the issue of anal cancer among gay men.
“A growing number of physicians and health activists recommend that all men who have sex with men, especially those who are HIV-positive, be tested every one-to-three years depending on their immunological well-being and CD4 count,” organizers said in a statement. “They suggest that HIV negative individuals be tested every three years. This work is important, because most people know little about anal cancer, have never been tested for it, and don’t know that screening tests exist.”
The campaign, which was launched by the National LGBT Cancer Network and Tusk and Dagger, is currently working to create a directory of free and low-cost, LGBT-friendly anal cancer screening clinics across the country.
Organizers hope to raise funds by asking folks to text 41444 to “UNDIES” and make a donation. They are also encouraging people to spread the word via social media by posting photos of themselves in their underpants with the hashtag #BehindClosedDrawers.
An opportunity to raise awareness and take shameless selfies of ourselves in our undies for a good cause? Count us in.