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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is ramping up HIV testing outreach efforts for Black homosexual men in the South.

In an ad campaign placed on blogs and websites frequented by Black males, the CDC promotes the hashtag #DoingItMyWay, "designed to motivate all adults to get tested for HIV and know their status."

The ad shows a handsome young Black male posing seductively for the camera. The text urges adults to "Get tested. Share your story. Use the hashtag #DoingItMyWay."

As part of the Act Against AIDS initiative, "Doing It" advises that HIV testing should be a part of everyone's regular health routine. In other words, if you're getting a blood test as part of a routine health screening, you should also get a HIV test.

Last year the CDC raised the alarm by announcing half of all Black males in the South will test HIV positive. The figures would imply that half of all Black males are homosexuals or have sex with men.

According to the CDC, Black men represent an outsized proportion of new HIV cases. Nearly two-thirds of all Black men diagnosed with HIV reside in the South, most predominantly in Atlanta, Georgia which has a large homosexual population.

The study looked at data from 2016 in 20 Southern states. The stats represents only the Black males who are being diagnosed and treated for HIV. A disproportionate number of Black males have not been tested and may not know they are HIV positive.

"Although black (men who have sex with men, or MSM) received 6 percent of the HIV tests provided, they accounted for 36 percent of the new diagnoses in non–health care facilities,” the study found.

"Black MSM in the southern United States are the group most affected by HIV, but only a small percentage of CDC tests in the southern United States are provided to this group," the study stated.

"Increasing awareness of HIV status through HIV testing, especially among black MSM in the southern United States, is essential for reducing the risk for transmission and addressing disparities."

The study recommends that volunteers fan out into the community to contact Black males in nontraditional settings, such as nightclubs, public parks and public restrooms, and in agencies that also provide general health care.

According to an award-winning series in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, stigma, poor education and access to health resources have helped contribute to the low numbers of Black men being tested for HIV/AIDS.

One local organization that does volunteer outreach work in the community, AID Atlanta, lost its CDC grant shortly after being honored for its work in the community last year, according to the AJC.

  • Guest

    Is that Jay Ellis from Insecure?

  • xxxgracious

    That's Jay Ellis on the poster. He has a yt fiance. I remember everyone was mad a year or two ago because he was one of the main characters on Insecure with Issa Rae but when the cameras were off walking round Hollywood with his yt girl lol.

  • Mielle Downey

    This is gonna be the Tuskegee experiment all over again. Abortions are not enough they gonna start injecting and mis diagnosing for reinforcement

  • The Real Anonymouse

    I feel sorry for single women.

  • The Real Anonymouse

    I feel sorry for single women.

  • Rayne

    Ole bryshere grey got arrested here in Chicago. No insurance and tags didn’t match his rose royce. Good ole empire ?

  • Rayne

    Ole bryshere grey got arrested here in Chicago. No insurance and tags didn’t match his rose royce. Good ole empire ?

  • iWasteTime

    The ad shows a handsome young Black male posing seductively for the camera.
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    Damn. Jay Ellis gets no love !?!

  • iWasteTime

    The ad shows a handsome young Black male posing seductively for the camera.
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    Damn. Jay Ellis gets no love !?!

  • Melanated Goddess??

    I assume black men that date white women and or non black women exclusively like the D. According to a book I read a lot of black men in Hollywood that only date "others" are on the DL. So ?????

  • Melanated Goddess??

    I assume black men that date white women and or non black women exclusively like the D. According to a book I read a lot of black men in Hollywood that only date "others" are on the DL. So ?????

  • iWasteTime
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  • Phillybruh

    If that's Jay Ellis he should sue..other than that get tested its important to know your status Gay or straight

  • Strappyheels

    I thought that was dude who played Blue on “The Game”!!

  • Karen Brady

    Well good. They can have each other.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    it is .........

  • iWasteTime

    Sure is and Lawrence on Insecure

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    So much bitterness and anger in some of the comments below.

  • Dre Clemons

    The SOUTH aka the Bible Belt is the central of male homosexuality??? SHOCKING!

  • Strappyheels

    Those are the same people??

    Well, damn!!!

    It’s been awhile since I saw “Insecure”!!

  • tintin

    i was saying to myself why is Sandra saying "The ad shows a handsome young Black male posing seductively for the camera'

    That's Jay Ellis better known as Lawrence from Insecure

  • Alextra Ballard

    Damn him look like Jay Ellis

  • Dontgetdraggedhoe??

    Stares in i aint fawking nobody and yall nasty

  • Ms..N

    Lee Daniels with his pervy self screwed that poor kid up!! Literally!

  • Ms..N

    No need they should have their HIV home kits ready to go along with their results from the DR! I think some people still feel ashamed to ask their partners their health status!

  • Karen Brady

    Be safe folks. Be smart and be safe and just be careful and get tested annually when you get your annual physical. I love receiving that negative letter in the mail. And I plans to stay that way. I have enough going on without having to worry about HIV.

  • http://thedevereauxshow.com Ms.Devereaux

    Auntie @sandrarose why did Aid Atlanta lose their grant? They stayed busy shoot I even went and got tested there one time I thought it was a nice free resource

  • oshh16

    They made HIV testing mandatory as part of your annual physical in DC some years ago when DC stats were that of a 3rd world country.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Who do you think runs the churches in the South?
    Ha,ha,ha!!

  • KcoolMuziq

    Jay Ellis (whom I barely recognized at the 50th Annual NAACP Awards) has put on muscle weight to be the next matinee idol for his new role with Tom Cruise has ALWAYS been an advocate for HIV and is VERY photogenic.

  • hottlanta

    I feek sorry for married women. Sandy please show the stats for std n aids among married women. A marriage license never stopped a woman from getting a disease. A lot of them felt comfortable n safe in their beds at night until they got up n went to rhe doctor thé next day n discovered they r not as safe as they tbought they were.

  • oshh16

    Women just have to be smart, either abstain or practice sex using ALL the protections. You cannot put your well being in someone else's hands.

  • hottlanta

    The guy who wrote the book n coined phrase downlow or dl was a married man who married a virgin . They got so cocky n wanted to go on a national tour together to talk about his book. That got cancelled real quick

  • hottlanta

    Stop lying. How is that baby doing. Grandhots is on vacation n lilhots said he is on level 10. I know u gavé hubby a good fathers day.

  • Kimocha

    Nope!... That's why I moved outta the ATL looong time ago!...I'm out!

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  • J2PC

    Careful about ads trying to paint a negative image of stereotyping all Black males as being stereotypically violent & riddled with STDs/HIV, if not dabbling in drugs or alcohol and singing pipedreams or verses that reinforces the negative behavior or stereotyping leading to his negative outcome.

    However, the stats don't imply that half of all Black men are gay or lurking on the DL. HIV can be caught after hookups, one moment stands from promiscuous females who behave the same way and is spreading HPV, HIV or some incurable strains of STDs to a man who passes it on the next female(s) or males until their are symptoms.

    Prison rapes creates an incubator for catching spreading all types of STDs or HIV where men are trying to get back to normal only to later realize that he has spread the STD to his woman or women willing to put a roof over his head. Why not also test men and women upon release from long term prison stays as well?

  • Trace da Ace

    this gif tho....hilarious!!!

  • Trace da Ace

    Be safe...get tested....no matter what your sexual preferences are.....BE SAFE!

  • J2PC

    Those racists for-profit prisons are big in the midwest/south. Also, creates an incubator for STDs/HIV catching and spreading. It's how most in gov't keep their jobs by bringing in prisoners for tax $$$ at the expense of subjecting Black men to prison violence, rapes & STDs/HIV.

    Having little job opportunity due to ruining their lives, build males with lower self-esteem to where they are vulnerable to instant temporary feel goods (drugs, sex, booze, strip clubs & vulgar lyrics) to encourage the irresponsible, reckless behavior.

    Time to teach folks how to be like other ethnic groups who tend to come to this country more are focused on excelling in life or career building instead of falling for the distractions designed to get a certain negative outcome.

  • Brooklyn23

    Hiv testing should be mandatory (great idea) forcing women to keep rape/incest babies not at all, or forcing vaccines on people. Like I was told at 1 point the hpv vaccine was madatory in Texas. That's why I suffer from depression too much to deal with in life. And fck that slogan " life is what you make it" bullshit

  • BogartKing

    Moved to southeast Virginia and I only see white homos here. But Atlanta is giving everyone a bad name. Not only that this new generation of skinny jeaned Capri wearing MTFS with weird ass haircuts is looking like the gayest MTFS ever so it's not the media portraying blacks as homes black people are dressing and acting the homo part. You got all black sports MTFS dressing and acting gay and when you got MTFS like Drake plastered all over the news being str8 up fuckboys what the fuck do you expect

  • Carla B

    I been celibate for 4 years cuz I don't trust these so called straight men. I always ask the men I've dated when was their last HIV/STD test and their response is usually "oh I'm clean" but haven't been tested in years. When I asked them to go with me to get tested they refused and I ended all contact. I require a full blood panel workup before I decide to date anyone again. Im good being single and disease free?????

  • TransMichelle
  • Logan Roberts

    Feel sorry for all women periodt. Married women aren't exempt from Hiv, Aids or any other diseases. This is 2019, you should know by now.

  • TransMichelle

    Just stop f^cking...! That's the ONLY 100% safe way.

  • Renee26

    posing seductively for the camera

    BARELY ... looks like a stock portfolio pic he used to audition for Insecure

  • Kayke

    It’s rare for women to transmit hiv to men.

  • http://realitytea.com Lady Chatterley’s Lover

    Just returned from visiting family down south.

    The talk of the town is my nephew who has been outted as gay. On paper HE is the perfect catch. Business executive with advanced degrees good job and salary. Actively involved in his church and faternity. Super fun with a good personality. To complete the cliché, he is tall, dark and handsome.

    He is divorced from his college sweetheart. HE had/have CUSTODY of their three children PLUS her child that SHE had when she CHEATED. He was the mother and father for those children when the MOTHER would not even call them for Christmas.

    His stepfather died recently so apparently this has provoked truth and transformation. Turns out he has been BONKINGthe minister of music at his church for years and LIL GUY does not want to be swept under the carpet anymore. The problem is NEPHEW also projects as a super stud womanizer. He has become despondent and suicidal because my male relatives view him in a different light.

    To make a long story short this hyper male has been on the down low for years. His idea of SAFE SEX has been to go and get tested every three months. Now I may be clueless on these matters but it sounds like an EACH ONE FUK ONE receipe for disaster. Everyone needs to be CAREFUL in these streets because you REALLY can't tell a book by its cover.

  • MSGREENMINUSTHEENVY

    Good for you! The last man that tried that with me still begging for the Pus*y but ain't got tested since AOL Dial up cd's in the post office. Niccuh PLEASE!

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  • MSGREENMINUSTHEENVY

    Wow! I am so sorry to hear that!

  • TransMichelle

    Ain't it pitiful how man has made a hot mess out of something beautiful God created by abusing it? That's why it's all these sexually transmitted diseases are around.

  • Sha

    Yes, It is pretty bad out here. I've been single for 3 yrs now and I am scarred as shit. I keep hearing you haven't found anyone yet, girl I am not settling either. All good things come to those who wait.

  • Jennifer

    My brother-in-law is 47, handsome, childless, married, and DL. My mother-in-law told his wife when they were dating, but she refused to believe it, even though he had a live-in teenaged "son" he was mentoring at the time.

    You'd be surprised how many women "act" blind, all for the sake of saying "I gotta man!" My heart goes out to the women truly affected by this.

  • Seldomseen

    True

  • Jennifer

    Damn, that's so unfortunate.

  • http://realitytea.com Lady Chatterley’s Lover

    THOUGHT I WAS GOING HOME TO RELAX! He told my sister he thinks ALL of his kids are GAY except his youngest one. (The oldest daughter is PREGNANT by the minister. She is like 24 the minister is in his 70s.) Everyone can be knocked over with a feather. The whole thing is so convoluted. He has the guy living with him even though the son of the affair and his daughter are under age. His older daughter has threatened to call CPS.

  • TransMichelle

    You should be happy not scared. There's nothing to MAKE you get involved with anyone and risk your health. Lay low and go on about your business. If you meet someone fine, if not that's fine too. Be respectful about sex. Remember your body is your temple and very, very precious and valuable. Sex is powerful. People must learn to stay strong (which you are doing) within themselves.

  • Seldomseen

    Wow hope everything works out especially for those children

  • http://realitytea.com Lady Chatterley’s Lover

    Yep. The whole thing is so torrid. They wanted me to call him but I don't have enough skills to waddle through this mess. He needs professional help, AND NOT his minister either. I wanted to take a shower just listening.

  • MSGREENMINUSTHEENVY

    OH MY GOSH! @ladychatterleyslover:disqus
    This is TEW much! An intervention, something needs to cut this madness off at the knees!

  • J’aime Sucer

    Are they COGIC?

  • Karen Brady

    You had me at 47, handsome, childless, (was about to ask for a hook-up) and then you lost me.

  • Karen Brady

    EACH ONE FUK ONE :-)

  • hottlanta

    When god put that phrase in there thru sickness n health he wasnt talking bout no cold. He saw stds n aids coming down the pipe for married people before they were born.

  • Jennifer

    The DL life is real. I'll never forget the campus queen playing voicemail messagesfrom the star football player we were ALL sweating...begging him to come over, crying about how sorry he is, etc.

    We were all standing there in shock and disbelief!

    That's been nearly 20yrs ago and I'll never forget how unassuming dude was. I mean, ladies man, FINE, and football star...fucking w Tay Tay the whole time! That was enough for me! Everybody was suspect after that!

  • yvette46

    That pic photo is Jay Ellis from Insecure..

  • http://realitytea.com Lady Chatterley’s Lover

    No, why do you ask?

  • J’aime Sucer

    Having an education would be a start . Many of these guys drop out of school even when there’s free transportation to take them back and forth . No excuse . Wake yo ass up in the morning and get on that bus . Having an education won’t solve all the problems but it would be a good first start

  • http://realitytea.com Lady Chatterley’s Lover

    The children's mother HAS NEVER wanted them. HE has ALWAYS been mother and father which is why he was SO ADMIRED especially when one of the boys was not his.

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    What does he do with said teenaged boy??

  • dontgetblocked

    It's getting to the point that Black men are detrimental to the Black race. At least American Black men. African men marry their women and take care of their families. Black men are in jail. Make children and abandon them. They're the first ones to jump in Beckys arms. And now they're poisoning the race with HIV. It pains me to say it, but for the most part, Black men are losers.

  • J’aime Sucer

    It may be rare but it isn’t impossible. And if the infected woman has unprotected sex with a heterosexual man, particularly an uncircumcised man, his chances of picking up the virus is greater than that of a circumcised man. So you end up with a situation where a straight man now has the disease but to the rest of the world , he passed it on to her as a result of gay sex .

  • Nina Ross

    Dam... was he molested??

  • MSGREENMINUSTHEENVY

    I totally commend him for taking on the most ultimate role in such a sensitive situation. However there are many ways is this could have been handled, starting with truths would have been ideal, lies and omitting truths have always caused a real life pile up.

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    Chile... How old is he? Either way, he NEEDS to embrace his truth! Reminds me of the season 5 Episode of Black Mirror with Anthony Macky playing a married man with 1 kid and his gay friend who he starts having $ex with in a Virtual Reality game they both play.. Weird $hit!

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    Lol!

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    Pregnant by a minister in his 70’s?? Can you AT LEAST say the state they live in? My guess is Alabama, Mississippi or Virginia

  • Wile E. Coli

    Reminds me of McDonalds "I'm lovin' it" ads.

  • Soon2BWife

    That epi was so freaked weird! They were getting it on too!

  • MSGREENMINUSTHEENVY

    Bananas!!!

  • http://realitytea.com Lady Chatterley’s Lover

    Mississippi. Baptist minister.

  • Gloria

    I truly feel sorry for DL men. They must have deep self loathing/esteem issues to not live their truth and to carry on a lie that heavily impacts others/themselves. That is so sad.

  • http://realitytea.com Lady Chatterley’s Lover

    I don't know. He told my sister that he knew he was gay from like five or six. I guess he has spent his whole life trying to be what society says he should be. He spent a summer as a congressional page. If he was a willing participant?

  • SeannaPaula

    CDC TRYING TO SAVE BLACK MEN LIVES IN THE SOUTH I, IS MORE LIKE IT.

  • Rayne

    For real. Lol baby is fine. I took hubby out to McCormick and schmick downtown and he loved it. I decorated the house with balloons and streamers . We had a great time!! What about you?

  • J2PC

    Agreed. Then, you have the sad females who reduce themselves to hooking up with slackers & deadbeat who can only think at hip level. Other ethnicities also live in the south. It's the negative and distracting garbage that's being marketed & pushed on the poor, less informed urban Blacks.

    The message seems to be have no dignity or values. Simply wild out disrespectfully & recklessly with no sense of shame or person responsibility or all things that can predict this sad outcome to set Black folks up. Then, look to the liberals who thought that abortions would fix most of it, but the STDs and HIV strains just keep on coming. Now, what!?! smh

  • With Kind Regards

    Y'all believe anything

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    GIRL! What about the ending ?. The wife gave home back the game controller and he gave her a box she could put her ring in ??

  • J2PC

    Rare? That's a MYTH! Please search: Can Women transmit HIV to Men? There you will find a number of reputable articles that'll refute that ignorance (which is part of problem that is spreading HIV/AIDS among the less informed, gossipy urban Black community bringing alarming higher rates to clinics and hospital/ER visits resulting in such diagnosis).

    And there is more than just one way for men to contract HIV for an infected female.

  • elroy

    There's almost 3x as many black women with children than black men. What does that tell you? The majority of these women are having "raw" sex with the same men

  • Carla B

    Well some of the facts are true I worked in healthcare for over 15 years and the majority of our new HIV positive cases were married black men. When the patient would come in to their 1st infectious disease appt they would beg us not to contact their wives and girlfriends. Their were alot of different races but mostly black men who identified as straight but had sex with other men. We also had a ton of gonorrhea and chlamydia cases mostly females that were married and found out their husbands were cheating due to the std.

  • Carla B

    Yes African men get married more often but they also cheat. Its normal that their wives look the other way and I was told this by a African man whose father cheated on his mom all the time but as long as their family came 1st the mom stayed in her place.

  • hottlanta

    I am doing great. Went to my high school reunion and saw my fan club. Talking bout they still got a crush on me. Getting ready for my vacation. This year has been crazy. I need a beach sand drinks music the whole 9 yards. Glad to see black love still flowing.

  • With Kind Regards

    I say that because the root cause (bio warfare)aint being attacked just the symptoms which is the behavior.

    Sandra sold her website to alt right maybe.

  • With Kind Regards

    Trust me they giving out cancer like it's plastic cheese at public school cafeterias just like they giving out gay bio weapons.

  • Carla B

    LOL You can tell the writing style has changed and not for the better.

  • With Kind Regards

    Whoever she sold it to probably collecting our info let me log off

  • Patricia

    ...and these black men are sexing everything walking like cats and dogs. name one black man who isnt.

  • With Kind Regards

    Thats easy math
    Now try geometry

  • Patricia

    i found out most people are bisexual just like the gays have always proclaimed. the women are contracting it from their bisexual men. many women overlook the textbook sign of a freak. if hes screwing evetything on 2 legs, its bc he literally screws EVERYTHING on 2 legs. that includes whatever rubs up on it, brushes past it, sits next to it, and on it.

    women and girls are taught to excuse freaky men as a societal norm. men are taught to be freaks by society. however, its not normal wanting to lick and stick and sniff every behind that walks by. thats perversion. in fact, the men have derogatory names for women who behave that same way. they are classified as traumatized, desperate, neglected, motherless and fatherless etc. these women just have to be crazy. forget the double standards, that proves its not acceptable or permissible. dont follow society. stay away from men with no standards, no morals, no boundaries, no self-control. the mess aint cute.

  • Rayne

    Yes ma’am! Live it up!! I can’t wait until we take him to Disney land.

  • Queen B

    What u mean?! ?

  • Queen B

    Lol @ Tay Tay

  • Queen B

    So are they still together

  • Queen B

    Bc they mismanaged the funds and did not maximize the budget to advocate for HIV awareness and testing

  • Carla B
  • Queen B

    I live in Atlanta and truthfully I don't see a lot of obvious gay ppl. Of course I know some are on the DL and all gay ppl don't have a look. I just pray that God keeps me protected with the man that I've been in a long term relationship with. We both get test every year gladly!

  • hottlanta

    Just finished talking to lilhots and I was telling her about my AARP fan club she was rolling. I said those men that were phune black and sturdy 747s are now skinny gray and weak. I was listening to open heart surgeries, walkers and canes. I had to get outta there chile.

  • hottlanta

    I tell women are the time that having anal sex is not a gift for a special occasion. I remember when special occasions meant a vacation, dinner or gift. Now it is bottoms up. He is having the best of both worlds.

  • PetiteButterScotch

    Is that Lawrence from Insecure ?

  • CookieMobster

    As a resident of GA, I can say that the above statements are probably 1000% correct and that's cuz these 1/2 these black men down here are Ig-nant as hell. I am so tired of watching the news and see these BM out here robbing folks, doing slider crimes, stealing folks cars and purses at the gas station/grocery store, robbing the Chinese restaurants down here. Hell just last week a robbing crew of BM pistol whipped a NINETY YEAR OLD Chinese guy. Wow why the hell was that necessary? All of that adds up to these folks just living like like heathens. And there is where the prob comes in. They do what the want with no care or regard for others cuz their THOT ass momma didn't teach them home to act right and their daddy aint been no where in sights since man-man was about 2. And don't at me either about what white folks do. I'm not talking about them right now. I am talking about our lost black males who could be so much more than some idiot who thinks its cool to try to live life like a scene from his favorite rap video rather than getting an education and acting like he has some dang self respect and business about himself.

  • http://thedevereauxshow.com Ms.Devereaux

    Smh dang shame you can’t trust none of these non profits or charities everybody mismanaging money and misappropriating funds

  • Rayne

    ???? have fun! Lmaooo

  • leapyearpisces

    I will take the honor of being the first to up vote, because baaaaaaanbbaaaay you did that!!! You spoke nothing but the truth! AND on top of that, people don't want to take ownership of their fcukd up ways. It was man-man"'s first grade teacher fault that he went and robbed the circle k and got locked up. SMH.

  • ItsMeIvory

    For the non believers this is very accurate. Volunteered at AIDS ATLANTA and in the gay community it’s the norm. As sad as it is I was once told that the newer/ younger gays are wanting to become infected intentionally just to “get it out the way” so the can continue on with their grotesque ways. Side note- this came from an HIV positive gay Hispanic male it’s not just black men.

  • Jennifer

    He and his wife, yes, the boy no. She refuses to believe he swings that way, and he'll NEVER admit it. It's weird being around them bc I know, most of the family knows (some are in denial), and he's always on edge thinking someone will say something. But she's a special kind of fool, I just hope he keeps it safe.

  • Jennifer

    LOL! I didn't believe it when my husband told me, but then it all started to make sense. This dude is a Terrance Howard lookalike and has been screwing since the 80s... he's never slipped up once? No kids, no ex wife or long term gf is a huge red flag for a nearly 50 year old, attractive, working man.

  • SayWhatNow?

    Is this the guy from the show Insecure?

  • Angela Marsh

    YES. SMH

  • Lovely1

    I was hired by Emory to do this in 2010 as a Research Interviewer and couldn't take it. Too risky. Yes, there is a disproportionate number of black men living in the south with HIV and it's really sad. The job intended for field interviewers to go to places considered high risk. This mostly would have been on Peachtree at the time (in Atlanta). I imagine it's all over Atlanta now. Yup!

  • Lovely1

    Yup!

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Think about it: when you meet a man in a bar there is a 50/50 chance he is HIV positive.

  • Myopinion

    Gathering them up to see who can be a guinea pig for that new drug Truvada for PrEP that people got law suits against now. Trump said he wants to wipe out HIV by 2030.

  • Lovely1

    Oh absolutely. Especially with the influx of people moving here. Every time I go OUT (grocery store, gym, etc), I see good looking black men, who see me and look the other way. lol Either that or they start twisting so I can know that they not here for sis! Lol!! I only said that to say that the black demographic is changing....drastically. People don't want to acknowledge that, but it is what it is. Don't do bars too much anymore, but when I do, it's just to have a good time. I find it so odd that men (or anyone) would be offended when the topic of STD tests are brought up. Yes. lol I ask. At this point, I want the papers, results and all. smh It's a new day out here folks!!

  • Lovely1

    Same here. I work in Public Health and met a young man who was soooo excited to tell me that he wouldn't be donating blood because he was banned by Red Cross when he admitted to having sex with men. THEN, he proceeded to tell me that his blood was tossed because he came up being hepatitis positive. He was a cute little spunky Asian guy. And YOUNG! Very YOUNG! Yep! Not just black men.

  • teather

    I worked in health care for 13 years. Let me just say, EVERYONE get tested and know your status: blk white purple like Barney, know your status and get tested with new partners. This is not a color issue and they will NEVER give you properly accounted for stats on what's really happening. Health care is a capitalistic endeavor; they care very little for your health, so never believe much of what they say. This is a ploy for some other reason which will become clear. Perhaps they're testing this new drug and it actually works to sterilize men so that they can figure out how to do this w/o our knowledge. whichever way you slice it, get tested but don't believe what you read.

  • J2PC

    Many of them drop out because their hood school is filled with violence, humiliation, intimidation to fight, sell or do drugs or join gangs.

    School attrition is also a reflection of poor parenting and dysfunctional living where building a family life for children around all things educational to help prepare each other for a good future career is not top priority in a household.

    For a number of them, their childhood is all about their dysfunctional parent(s) subjecting them to domestic violence, chaos, belittling their worth along with allowing them to waste learning time on foolishness while other families are doing the opposite or more focused to prepare for winning in life.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Black women account for 64% of new HIV cases among women! I don't know the married stats.

  • J’aime Sucer

    Then go to night school and get a GED. It’s free

  • J2PC

    That's a possibility for them. However, danger & violence lurks far more at night in those areas. It's risky.

    Oftentimes, GEDs are not tested & taught on the same level as good grade school education or curriculums. It is watered down & self-paced (unless taking accredited virtual courses online taught by certified teachers).

    This is why School Choice Vouchers are so important because they can be applied to taking graded school courses online from accredited schools and institutions.

  • J’aime Sucer

    Chile then do it online for free . I suppose your next excuse will be computers may have viruses