11 Myths About AIDS in Black America

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  •  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
  • Testing for HIV Means You Are Looking for It
  • AIDS Meds Will Kill You

Straight Men Don’t Get HIV

According the CDC, heterosexual Black men are the fifth largest group impacted by HIV in the U.S. — Black women are fourth. Being straight and male and having heterosexual sex DOES NOT protect you from HIV. Straight men can contract HIV from women, which is why they need to get tested for HIV too. HIV does not discriminate in our community.

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