According to HIV/AIDS Guide Mark Cichocki, "For years, experts have attributed the high rate of HIV among African American women to a behavior that has been called 'being on the down low'.
The basic contention is that African American men have sex with other men then come home to their wives or girlfriends and infect them with HIV, never having told them that they have unprotected sex with other men."However, Dr. Ford of Columbia University in New York City urges caution when assuming down low men are the primary cause of high African-American HIV infection rates:"Part of what has happened as a result of that initial burst of stories reporting the ‘down low’ is that those stories often tied the down low to high rates of HIV infection among African-American women, which was not supported by epidemiological data." Ford added, "There were a lot of assumptions, there were a lot of leaps of faith that led to that."Is the down low only an African-American issue?
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Many men in heterosexual relationships have sex with other men unbeknownst to their wives or girlfriends.
Men who discreetly have sex with other men while in sexual relationships with women are said to be on the "down low" (or "dl" for short).
Often these men do not consider themselves gay or bisexual and their female partners are not aware that they have sex with other men, thus the term "down low" or "in hiding". The issue of men having sex with other men, unbeknownst to their wives and girlfriends, captured wide media attention in the early 2000's after several articles on the subject were reported in major newspapers like the Los Angeles Times and The New York Times.
Below is a guide for those affected by a loved one on the down low.
, is “to keep something private,” whether that refers to information or activity.