Today is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. One of our goals at NoMoreDownLow.TV is to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS in the black & LGBT communities and more importantly to debunk the myth that the “down low” is connected to rising HIV infection rates among black women.
In this NoMoreDownLow.TV Newsbreak, NBA legend Magic Johnson tells us, “White gay men took care of their community and brought the numbers down. We need to somehow get that blueprint and say this is what we have to do in our community to bring the numbers down. And I think if we can do that, it’s not just going to be better for the black community but for the Latino community as well.”
Phill Wilson, founder and CEO of the Black AIDS Institute, tells NoMoreDownLow.TV, “For the longest time, the AIDS word was mis-defined as a gay disease… as a white gay disease. And today, frankly, nothing could be further from the truth.”
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Part of the blame is misinformation. According to the CDC, it is a myth that the “down low” is the cause of the rising HIV infection rates in men & women has to be debunked. There is no data that shows that bisexual men (or other men that have sex with men) are transmitting HIV to their female partners.
The CDC reports it’s intravenous drug use and unprotected sex with multiple heterosexual partners are more likely the cause of the increased HIV infection rates among black women. Read more about the CDC debunking the “Down Low” Myth here.
It’s important to debunk this myth because it stigmatizes black men who have sex with men, whether they identify as bisexual, gay or straight. Carrie Broadus, executive director of Women Alive, tells us, “The worst thing we can do is pin this on black men. That’s the worst thing we can do.”
Out of the 1.1 million people living with HIV in the U.S., 500,000 are African Americans. It’s estimated that at some point in our lifetime, 1 in 16 black men will be diagnosed as HIV positive and 1 in 32 women will contract HIV. More startling is that African Americans are more likely to die of HIV because we are not get tested and treated in time for the disease.
Precious, who is living with HIV, told NoMoreDownLow.TV, “I was astonished, shocked because I didn’t think an African American woman… a heterosexual woman at that… could acquire HIV.”
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- Where to get a free HIV test: http://www.hivtest.org/
- Support the Black AIDS Institute at http://www.blackaids.org
- Support Women Alive (HIV/AIDS organization) at http://www.women-alive.org
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And stay tuned! There is more coverage of HIV/AIDS issues still to come. We cannot turn away! This is too important to the black and LGBT communities to be ignored!
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