The 411 on Young Straight Black Men and HIV/AIDS

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  • Why HIV Matters to You
  • It Ain’t the DL, Boo
  • Heterosexual Sex and HIV Infections
  • The Actual Numbers
  • What’s the Real Risk?
  • What Makes Straight Men Vulnerable to HIV Infection?
  • Why Do Straight Men Get Ignored?
  • Why Getting Tested Yearly Is Important
  • Using Condoms Is Key
  • Take Control of Your Health

Heterosexual Sex and HIV Infections

Eighty-seven percent of Black women who are newly diagnosed contract HIV through heterosexual sex with men, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. If it’s not the DL, then it’s clear that heterosexual Black men can get HIV too and are helping fuel these numbers among Black women. 

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