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Am J Public Health. 2009 Apr;99 Suppl 1:S92-5. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2007.127217. Epub 2009 Feb 12.

Black men who have sex with men and the association of down-low identity with HIV risk behavior.

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Public Health Management Corporation, 260 South Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19102-5085, USA. lisab@phmc.org

Abstract

Black men "on the down low" have been considered prime agents of HIV transmission in the Black community despite little empirical evidence. We assessed the relationship between down-low identification and sexual risk outcomes among 1151 Black MSM. Down-low Identification was not associated with unprotected anal or vaginal sex with male or female partners. Future HIV prevention programs and research should target sexual risk behaviors of Black men, irrespective of identity, and not focus on the "down low."

PMID:
19218177
PMCID:
PMC2724949
DOI:
10.2105/AJPH.2007.127217
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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