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Opinion Pieces Respond to Book Discussing Black Men "On the Down Low"

June 2, 2004

Although the number of new HIV cases among black women has remained stable over the past few years, the number of cases linked to heterosexual sex among black women has increased. Some observers say that the increase in the number of HIV cases linked to heterosexual sex among black women stems from men on the "down low" -- black men who have sex with men but do not mention their male relationships to their female sex partners, friends or family members (Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, 4/5). Author J.L. King has written a book called "On the Down Low" about the phenomenon (Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, 4/16). Two opinion pieces recently responded to the book. Summaries of the pieces appear below:

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