The Philadelphia Inquirer analyzes new HIV infections in Philadelphia which occur "at a rate more than 50 percent higher than residents of New York City and five times the national average." One third of the infections are the result of men having sex with men, and, no surprise, black gay/bisexual men are hardest hit. But there is precious little mention over three pages. Oh, except for this ...
While activist gay communities, largely white, have been educating themselves about the disease for decades, there is "a lot of hidden homosexuality in black and Latino communities," said [John] Cella, [the city's top AIDS official].
Stigma in minority cultures makes it less likely that these men will discuss their secret lives with wives and girlfriends. They then become infected as the epidemic rages in their communities.
"There is no question in my mind that we are seeing a younger population of African American kids with the virus," said Karam Mounzer, medical director of the Jonathan Lax Center, the biggest HIV clinic in the city.
That's it. Three pages of facts, figures, anecdotes, strategies and solutions and there is a throwaway quote or two with the much discredited linkage that the down-low culture is responsible for increasing HIV rates. Not one black gay or HIV/AIDS activist is quoted.
In August 2006, the Philadelphia Department of Public Health's AIDS Activities Coordinating Office was criticized for a controversial HIV prevention campaign that showed young black men in the cross hairs of a rifle. The ad campaign was intended to target men on the so-called "down-low" and the ad agency responsible for the campaign said "fear tactics" were the best way to reach the audience.
Some Background ...
Philly Anti-HIV Campaign Definitely Not a "Hit" [R20]
"Fear Tactics" are Best Way to Reach the DL [R20]
HIV Spreading in NYC at Three Times National Rate Black/Latino Gay Men Hit Hardest [R20]
CDC: "Troubling" Rise in HIV Among Black Gay Men [R20]
GMHC's "I Love My Boo" Campaign [R20]
HIV Rates Rising Among Black NYC Gay Men [R20]
CDC Tracking "Serious" Strain of Syphilis [R20]
The HIV Morning After Pill? [R20]
Black Gay Men and "The Pill" [R20]
Jonathan Perry in "The Advocate" [R20]
Ending Black Homophobia Will Reduce HIV [R20]
Do You Disclose Your HIV Status? [R20]
Primetime Reports Black HIV Epidemic [After Elton]
"Out of Control: AIDS in Black America" [R20]
POZ Examines Race and the Down Low [R20]
HIV Rates Rise Among NYC Black Gay Men [R20]
Phill Wilson: Candidates Must Address HIV/AIDS [R20]
POZ Examines Race and the “Down Low” [R20]
"Urban Rally Against AIDS" [R20]
The ABCs of Black HIV [R20]
Suicide Tuesdays [R20]