Down Low Myths Debunked on Black AIDS Awareness Day

TweetSharebar TweetShareTweet 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 […]

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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.

Magic Johnson

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.”

Precious - Living with HIV

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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FULL HIV/AIDS COVERAGE:

Gay/Bi Black Gay Men: Stopping HIV

A town hall meeting at In the Meantime Men’s Group on how to stop HIV infection rates from skyrocketing in our community.

Black, Lesbian and HIV+

Merle “Conscious” Soden shares her journey about being a lesbian with HIV to meeting Queen Latifah out at the basketball court and how her one-woman show is connected to Lady Gaga.

Divas Fighting HIV/AIDS

Sheryl Lee Ralph hosts a magical event of song & entertainment for DIVAS SIMPLY SINGING! Featuring Glee star Amber Riley, The Voice finalist Frenchie Davis, legend Jennifer Lewis, Niecy Nash and more.

The Real Life Precious – Living with HIV

In this segment of “Straight Talk” meet the real-life Precious as she tell about her life living with HIV and the message she has for other straight black women.

Would You Date a Bisexual Man?

He’s upfront, honest and letting you know what he’s all about… He’s not on the down low, it’s not in the closet, he’s telling you like it is and he’s got a JOB.  So, are you up for dating him?

Episode 103 Where Are Straight Black Men

Where are Straight Black Men in the Fight against HIV/AIDS?

Magic Johnson, Sinbad, Loretta Devine (For Colored Girls), Jesse Williams (Grey’s Anatomy), Lamman Rucker, (Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns), Roland Martin (CNN Analyst), Curt Menefee (Host of Fox NFL Sunday), Phill Wilson & more.

Episode 103 - Bid Whist to Trump AIDS

Bid Whist Helps to Trump AIDS

From Episode 103 – Features 227 star Jackée Harry donating her time and talent to a popular card game fundraiser.

Episode 103 Carl Bean

From Motown to AIDS activist to Archbishop

Episode 103 also features Archbishop Carl Bean who talks about his autobiography “I Was Born This Way.”  Carl Bean, former Motown recording artist is a noted AIDS activist, and founder of the Unity Fellowship of Christ Church in Los Angeles, shares his extraordinary personal journey from Baltimore foster homes to the stage of the Apollo Theater and beyond.

Episode 103 - Straight Talk

Black Women, Listen Up!

Plus, in “Straight Talk,” Wyllisa goes on a rant about safer sex and straight women.

Janora’s AIDS/LifeCycle Journey

Our co-host Janora McDuffie bikes from San Francisco to LA to help people living with HIV/AIDS.

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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