What You Should Know About Straight Black Men And HIV15
By David Bloodsaw
February 7th was National Black HIV/AIDS day and it’s important to tackle important issues with factual and helpful information to reduce misinformation concerning the virus.
Ebony.com reports African-Americans only make up 13% of the population, but account for half of new HIV infections yearly, which are disproportionately high and needs to be addressed. The dialogue is usually focused on men who have sex with men and heterosexual black woman, due to them having the highest rates in our community.
The risk factor for men contracting HIV from women is lower than women contracting it from men, but it’s not impossible. That’s partially due to other factors as all that make straight men vulnerable to HIV infection: High rates of undiagnosed and untreated STDs; disproportionate poverty and poor health; the complete disconnect that many Black men have with the health care system; IV drug use; and mass incarceration of Black men, which takes significant numbers of brothers out of the community, leaving the men on the outside to share the same female partners.