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."