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Sherri Shepherd Demonizes Gay Men On The View 6/22/10

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Published on Jun 22, 2010

During a discussion on The View abuot HIV/AIDS Sherri Shepherd ignorantly asserts that the reason HIV/AIDS rates are so high among heterosexual black women is because of men who sleep with men. Sherri chooses ignorant over information and awareness to further the blame game narrative so prevalent in the black community. Shepherd uses her national platform to portray men who have sex with men as a fearful "boogeyman" that is at the root of HIV/AIDS in the black community.

Unlike Sherri Shepherd though I prefer truth and not lies and blame games.

According to the CDC: http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/topics/women/r...

74% of cases of HIV in black women is a result of those women engaging in unsafe sexual practices. 24% is as a result of IV drug use.

*Who is forcing those 74% of women to not use a condom?* Certainly not the gay "boogeyman"

The vast majority of the women who are being infected via unsafe sex practices are UNMARRIED women. They are being infected by men who have multiple sex partners (men and/or women). In a 2003 report of a study of HIV-infected people (5,156 men and 3,139 women), 34% of black men who have sex with men (MSM), 26% of Hispanic MSM, and 13% of white MSM reported having had sex with women.

So, those women also have to account for the 66% of the time when they AREN'T having sex with bisexual, MSM, or DL men.

The only solution is to wear a condom.

HIV/AIDS continues to destroy precisely because we continue to shift the blame and responsibility for our own sexual health onto other people. 25 years into the HIV/AIDS epidemic you would think we would be ready to speak openly and honestly but as evidenced by Sherri Shepherd (and the views of many other blacks) HIV/AIDS is a gay man disease and its only because of gays that black women have the disease. We need to start facing the music and realize that we have to take responsibility for our own sexual health. Blaming gay men only further demonizes the gay community.

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