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why is AIDs rising in the black community??

Exploration of the rising AIDs epidemic in the African American community.

Tradell Hawkins

on 27 April 2010

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Transcript of why is AIDs rising in the black community??

This Issue??

Research Question

At the end of 2006 of the 1.1 million people living with HIV in American, African Americans accounted for 46% of those cases, almost half Are African American men who engage in sex with men and women responsible for the escalating HIV/ AIDs figures in the African American Community? What is DL? Down Low is a term identifying African American males who have sexual relations with other males, as well as women, but do not consider themselves gay or bisexual. Many of these men self identify as heterosexual and continue to lead subsequent lifestyles, despite their closeted behaviors. Climate of The Black Community
Cohen argues it is not African American non-normative cultural values and behaviors, but the structural limitations that the poor face that facilitate intergenerational cycles of poverty and alienation from mainstream society. Statistics The Center for Disease Control reports that Black women make up 64% of female HIV cases and compared to 19% for white women.

The number one way for contracting the disease for black women is by having unprotected sex with a man who has HIV.

Black men make up 41% of HIV cases, with white men right behind them making up 40% of HIV cases.

The number one way for a black man to contract HIV is by having unprotected sex with another man who has HIV. As many researchers and even the CDC have not come to a conclusion, I am not sure if I will be able to answer this question, but I will attempt to gain as much information as possible to come to an informed stance on the debate. Center For Disease Control “The phenomenon of men on the down low has gained much attention in recent years; however there are no data to confirm or refute publicized accounts of HIV risk behavior associated with these men.” (CDC, 2009) The Center for Disease Control [CDC] explains that many of the barriers that African Americans face play hand in hand in the prevalence of HIV/ AIDS the African American community. The factors listed were socioeconomic issues, lack of awareness of HIV status, sexually transmitted diseases, and stigma. Cathy Cohen
Cohen argues that the down low discussion is one filled with rhetoric of blame and lacks any honest communication about the complexity of sex in the black community. Black men are represented as engaging in deviant and dangerous sexual behaviors, threatening the lives of black women. She says that this kind of rhetoric and representation does not allow for honest communication about the issues, but simply continues to blame African Americans for irresponsibility and deviance She also explores the lack of awareness in the African American community, detailing the tragic state the black community is currently in. The rate of AIDS diagnoses for blacks is about ten times the rate for whites and three times that for Latinos. Beyond The DL Boykin says that if the white down low community is not leading to a new outbreak of AIDs in the white community, then maybe the black down low is not responsible of the epidemic in the black community Media &J.L. King Throughout media and books, one can see constant analysis or criticism of men living on the DL. J.L. King Author of “On the Down Low” has even gone say far to accuse black DL men for spreading the disease to black women in his book, lectures and even on Oprah.
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