A Minor Revelation Short of a Pulitzer
June 12, 2018
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Steven Thrasher has made the fascinating discovery that many of the HIV positive, gay men in the US are not white, and he regularly reveals this to “incredulous audiences”.
If he enjoys sharing this so much, perhaps he’d be interested to know that most HIV positive people in some of the country’s southern states are heterosexual and female, as well as black.
Indeed, the majority of HIV positive people in the world are black and heterosexual; and a majority of those black HIV positive heterosexuals are female.
Even though the majority of new HIV infections are among men who have sex with men in the US, HIV prevalence is 7 times higher among African Americans than it is among white Americans.
So HIV among men who have sex with men is, to a large extent, a result of sexual behavior. And HIV among people who inject druts is, to a large extent, a result of reusing injecting equipment.
But HIV among heterosexuals is much less likely to be a result of unsafe sex. Even among men who have sex with men, it’s receptive anal sex that carries the highest risk.
Thrasher laments American art imagining Aids as white and in the past. Yet, imagining it as black, gay, western and in the present fails to include the vast majority of HIV positive people: they are black, heterosexual females, from developing countries; and sexual behavior is unlikely to conform to the common stereotypes of ‘African’ sexuality, either.