11 Myths About AIDS in Black America

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  • Testing for HIV Means You Are Looking for It
  • AIDS Meds Will Kill You
  •  Down-Low Men Fuel the Epidemic
  • You Can Tell If Someone Has HIV
  • HIV Only Happens to Promiscuous People
  • Straight Men Don’t Get HIV
  • HIV Positive Folks Purposely Go Out and Infect Others
  • National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
  • Magic Johnson Is Cured
  • Government Has a Cure for HIV, but Won’t Share It
  • You Can't Get HIV From Anal Sex
  • Life Is Over When You Test Positive

Down-Low Men Fuel the Epidemic

Regardless of what pop culture keeps telling us, there are mounds of research that have said repeatedly that “sinister down-low brothas” are NOT fueling HIV/AIDS among Black women. Data suggests that we look to structural factors like poverty, poor health, late testing, incarceration, etc. along with behavior (not using condoms) to help fully explain the epidemic.

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