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USA Today posted a very interesting article this week about the danger some men are putting women in by not being honest about their bisexuality, especially in the black community, which accounts for 37% of all US AIDS cases, even though the black community represents only 12% of the total population (a statistic I actually need to double check, because that seems awfully low to me).

Here's an interesting quote from the article linked above::

''In the younger generation,'' says McDonald, ''45% of young African-American males are being incarcerated. When they return from that (prison) experience, they're not going to say 'I had sex with several men.' That's a taboo conversation. It's difficult for us to have that conversation, but this epidemic is forcing us to start, to save lives.''

No public health agency has figured out how to warn men on the ''down low'' about the risks they're courting. For one thing, no one knows who they are. That's why King and author Harris are aiming their messages at women. Their suggestions: Ask your man about his sexual history. Don't agree to sex unless he wears a condom. Suggest he get an HIV test.

After years of relative silence, many black leaders have begun speaking up about AIDS and the toll it takes. Former New York mayor David Dinkins, who held the office from 1989 until 1993 and is now a professor of public affairs at Columbia University, says some black clergymen, like some of their white counterparts, saw HIV as ''God's way of punishing people for misbehaving.''

Those attitudes have begun to yield under the relentless pressure of AIDS.

Heather Corinna
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Yet again, the news media wake up about 25 years later to something those of us who have been active in the bisexual community and in doing safer sex education have known for an awfully long time...


Incidentally, there *are* some bisexual health intitatives out there, such as the BiHealth program at the Fenway Community Health Center in Boston, which specialize in going out into the community and doing outreach in places where self-identified "straight men" go to cruise for same-sex sex partners. Trying to reduce risk in these populations is REALLY hard, but at least some people are trying to do it. Bravo to Marshall Miller, coordinator of the BiHealth program!
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But hey -- at least they do wake up eventually sometimes. There are plenty of issues that have been issues for decades that still rarely make the papers.

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