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HIV's Bisexual Bridge to Women

Risk Posed By 'Down Low' Men Still Unknown

New Studies, New Ideas, New Generation continued...

 

"What we assume is these people exist everywhere you go," Perez tells WebMD. "In all walks of society men who have sex with men are rearing children; they are weightlifting; they are tough guys."

 

When these men get HIV infection, Perez is there. They tell him that it is their shame and fear of stigma that drives them to secrecy. Support is the key.

 

"When you create a private and comfortable space for people, they can address the underlying issues that put them and their loved ones at risk," he says. "If you can build trust and confidence, men come in here. Providing those opportunities for people in a nonjudgmental and supportive way, that is very important."

 

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