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What Really Fuels the HIV/AIDS Epidemic in Black America?

February 6, 2012


Kenyon Farrow


Kenyon Farrow, U.S. and Global Health Policy Director, Treatment Action Group, Washington, D.C.

Homophobia is a major factor that's driving HIV rates in black communities. We're told we're worthless by the churches we attend. Black LGBT youth are not getting a comprehensive sex education in schools that includes sexuality across the spectrum, so it's irrelevant to them. Twenty-five to 40 percent of homeless youth are LGBT, and a disproportionate number are black. Is it any wonder that new infections among men who have sex with men (MSM) are highest among black MSM ages 13 to 29?

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