Black People : HIV infections increasing at an alarming rate...

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  1. Aqil

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    WASHINGTON - "We can keep it on the down low. Nobody has to know," R. Kelly once crooned in his trademark silky style. Kelly, an R&B superstar best known these days for his indictment last year on child pornography charges, scored a hit with a catchy ode to infidelity way back in 1995.

    While the song may be nearly forgotten, its title - "Down Low" - remains very much in vogue. In current lingo, it describes Black men who secretly engage in homosexual relationships while maintaining wives and girlfriends. Last week, both The Washington Post and The New York Times featured articles on the "down low" lifestyle, which experts link to the soaring rates of HIV infection among African-American women.

    The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimate that African-American women accounted for nearly 64% of HIV cases among women in 2001. In 25 states with long-standing HIV reporting, the rate of HIV infection among African-American women ages 20 to 44 was four times higher than the rate among Hispanic women of the same age, and more than 16 times higher than the rate among white women. The leading cause of infection is heterosexual contact, according to the CDC. In other words, there's a whole lotta cheatin' goin' on...

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A43576-2003Aug11.html
     
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    Aqil, this is such an important topic and I believe there are a few more threads here posted already about this issue.

    I have read this, talked about it at conferences and workshops that I've attended, had conversations with Black women in my community about it, studied data from the CDC as well as from women's health organizations. The numbers are staggering for African American women who are contracting the HIV-virus and dying from diseases caused by AIDS.

    If the data is true, racism isn't the only pathological disease ravaging the African American community. My people, we have a real serious problem here and if we don't address it immediately, our future may not be as bright as we hope it will be.

    Can we trust the data? Once again the Black man is being blamed for exhibiting destructive behavior within and outside his community. Could this all be hype and propaganda continue trying to divide Black men and Black women and ultimately destroying the Black family?

    Can you even trust what you read? I read an article some time ago in a prominent magazine, that reported a story about a large population of Black men who practiced Gay sex while in prison, that upon their release also engaged in hetero sex with Black women while continuing their Gay lifestyle on the 'down low.' This is the reason given to explain why the majority of AIDS victims are now AA women. Also reported was that most of the women that are contracting the HIV-virus, are in the age range of 40s and 50s.

    How can you refute the data? :(
     
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    Great post, NNQueen...your comments are certainly on point re: this disturbing issue in our community...
     
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