On the Down Low: A Journey into the Lives of ‘Straight’ Black Men Who Sleep with Men

On the Down Low: A Journey into the Lives of 'Straight' Black Men Who Sleep with Men Author J. L. King
ISBN-10 076791399X
ISBN-13 9780767913997
Year 2005-04-05
Pages 208
Language English
Publisher Harmony
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A bold expos of the controversial secret that has potentially dire consequences in many African American communitiesDelivering the first frank and thorough investigation of life on the down low the DL J L King exposes a closeted culture of sex between black men who lead straight lives King explores his own past as a DL man and the path that led him to let go of the lies and bring forth a message that can promote emotional healing and open discussions about relationships sex sexuality and health in the black community Providing a long overdue wake up call J L King bravely puts the spotlight on a topic that has until now remained dangerously taboo Drawn from hundreds of interviews statistics and the authors firsthand knowledge of DL behavior On the Down Low reveals the warning signs African American women need to know King also discusses the potential health consequences of having unprotected sex as African American women represent an alarming 64 percent of new HIV infections Volatile yet vital On the Down Low is sure to be one of the most talked about books of the year A survey by the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta found that nearly a quarter of black HIV positive men who had sex with men consider themselves heterosexual Essence

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