Today is ‘National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. However, I am not sure of the logic of a Black Aids Awareness Day, when there is deafening silence about this endemic in the community year round.
If there is going to an honest dialogue, whether for one day or year round, it has to include the FACT Homosexual, Flip flopping men are murdering Black women at alarming pace.
We call them “brothers on the down low”. They are not, in any affectionate or meaningful sense, true “brothers”.
These are so called gay men who don’t tell the women they are having sex with men as well.
The fact is that homosexual, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men, particularly young Black men who are doing so, are the most seriously affected by HIV.
Not surprisingly and tragically, an estimated 1 in 32 Black American women will be diagnosed with HIV infection, compared with 1 in 106 Hispanic/Latino women and 1 in 526 white women.
A significant contributing factor is that countless Black women are absolutely in the dark about the risk factors of their male sex partners who are having unprotected sex with men and with them as well.
This used to be conveniently blamed on men coming out of prison, but that over simplistic answer cannot possibly explain away this crisis.
While some men may indeed come of our prison and live double lifestyles, professional and working class homosexual men are murdering these women with silent betrayal as well.
That said, has anyone ever have seen any homosexuals or lesbians protesting this particular hate agenda? Is there anything more hateful than giving someone HIV out of selfish lies and secrecy?
Where are the homosexual and lesbian organizations who should be giving their voices to educational campaigns to encourage homosexual men to stop murdering these women with their secret lives and sexual betrayals?
Of course, the women contracting HIV, even from Black men “on the down low” bear a responsibility as well. I would be remiss if I did not highlight this:
“Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body.”- I Corinthians 6:18
“For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality;”- I Thessalonians 4:3
In the final analysis, both the women and the homosexual men who are deceiving these unsuspecting women bear equal responsibility in the eyes of God.
However, here on earth, the only ones who are being asked to take personal responsibility are heterosexual women. There is no outrage in our society towards homosexual men, who putting these women at greater risk.
These men are criminals and should not be coddled or enabled by a permissive culture.
Let that dialogue begin as well and may it never stop.