African-Americans, who only make up 12 percent of the U. More specifically, black women represent 61 percent of the new HIV cases among all women. The popular suspicion has been that many infected black women have contracted the virus from their black male companions, who secretly have sex with other men also known as the "down low". But a new study shows that correlation is flawed. Kevin Fenton, of the Centers for Disease Control, explains the misconception and talks about prevention. Coming up, with World Series fever in the air, we check in on one effort to find new baseball talent in an unlikely place.
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Myth: HIV/AIDS Rate Among Black Women Traced To 'Down Low' Black Men : NPR
Now, as a journalist who has covered AIDS in black America for over a decade, I commend the effort to bring stories about the epidemic to the screen. But there is a way to center these voices without throwing black gay and bisexual men under a bus. These bogeyman cautionary tales are just a tired extension of our own paranoia and homophobia. Yes, there are closeted black men who sleep with men and women and black women who have been infected by positive closeted men. The true culprit is a combination of factors, including high rates of undiagnosed and untreated sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV; disproportionate poverty and poor health; IV drug use; stigma, sexism and homophobia; and mass incarceration in black America that takes significant numbers of black men out of the community, leaving a lot of straight brothas on the outside to share the same female partners. Oh, and straight black men get HIV— roughly 1, each year —and 87 percent of the 4, black women who are newly diagnosed contract HIV through heterosexual sex Meanwhile, the premise of Terms of Endearment 2.
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In same-sex sexual contexts, Down-low refers to men who have sex with men MSM but are either closeted or do not identify as gay. The term is most often associated with and has its origins in African American culture in the United States but it is not exclusive to that group. This usage emerged during the 90s in inner-cities across the United States, and early in the s when a series of mainstream media reports emerged, some equating the phenomenon with men who have sex with both men and women, and some tying the behaviour to the ongoing AIDS pandemic. While closeted homosexuality occurs across cultures and in many societies, 'down low' is most often used to refer to African American men who engage in discrete homosexual sex. The first known person to use "down-low" in a homosexual context was George Hanna, who used the term in the song Boy in the Boat about lesbian women.
Top definition. DL unknown. DOWN LOW- a secret underground organization where straight, masculine, " thug like " black men, often with wives and girlfriends secretly have unprotected sex with other black men- also known as "the DL". DL brotha here lookin to freak wit a hot dude. Abbreviated for " Down Low.