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  Epidemic on the Down-Low
 
AIDS is no longer the "gay man's disease" of the '80s and '90s. HIV infections are exploding in Milwaukee under a cover of secrecy, threatening all races, genders and sexual orientations. BY Jimmy Carlton 11/16/2012
 
This year, the CDC began aggressively channeling its AIDS spending into services that directly address the black MSM epidemic.......shift caused...... federal funding........to fall by more than 20 percent........it's also forcing...... agencies to narrow their focus.......Getting money from the agency for AIDS is now tied to the "CDC's commitment to high-impact prevention," .......Populations with astronomical HIV rates particularly young black MSMs stand to benefit most from the changes......"When I first started......the CDC basically said just go out and test everybody........the number of infections reported hasn't gone down." So, year after year, the CDC has amped up its oversight of local service providers....... went from testing everyone to just serving the LGBT community to now targeting "only bisexual men in the black community."........Club Tropical, a South Side dance club......is conducting licensed HIV testing, and out of the 140 people dancing this night, 15 stop in to get tested.......program sends local barbershops to give their proprietors a crash course in HIV education......"A growing number of churches have HIV testing and HIV-prevention messages," he says, "but overall, it's still not a prevailing part of the ministry of black churches."
 
http://www.milwaukeemag.com/article/11162012-EpidemicontheDownLow
 
 
 
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