NEW YORK — A new campaign dubbed “Behind Closed Drawers” from the National LGBT Cancer Network and Tusk and Dagger is working to raise awareness surrounding anal cancer, Huffington Post reports.
Its efforts are working to create a directory of free and low-cost LGBT-friendly anal cancer screening facilities throughout the country.
Organizers hope to raise funds by asking people to text 41444 to “UNDIES” and make a donation. They hope to spread the word by having social media users post a photo of themselves in underwear with the hashtag #BehindClosedDrawers.
“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.”