11 Myths About AIDS in Black America

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  • 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
  •  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

Government Has a Cure for HIV, but Won’t Share It

Thanks to the 1932–72 Tuskegee study, during which government doctors allowed syphilis to go untreated in Black men to learn about its progression, many of us have a distrust of the medical community. But currently there isn’t a cure or vaccine for HIV — but the virus is treatable.

(Photo: Nikki Kahn/The Washington Post)

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