The phenomenon of men on the down low has gained much attention in recent years; however, there are no data to confirm or refute publicized accounts of HIV risk behavior associated with these men.
What is clear is that women, men, and children of minority races and ethnicities are disproportionately affected by HIV and AIDS and that all persons need to protect themselves and others from getting or transmitting HIV. The results of these studies will be published in medical journals and circulated through press releases in the next few years as each study is concluded and the data analyzed.
Secret love affairs are the stuff of fairy tales aren’t they?
These types of relationships contribute to a lot of added stress. Well, you know all good things must come to an end … If you know where you’re going and the path where you’re headed then it can be a much more enjoyable affair.
, is “to keep something private,” whether that refers to information or activity.
Ford's research and the misconceptions that the down low is an exclusive African-American issue.These men may refer to themselves as being “on the down low,” “on the DL,” or “on the low low.” The term has most often been associated with African American men.Although the term originated in the African American community, the behaviors associated with the term are not new and not specific to black men who have sex with men.CDC has also funded several projects that provide HIV education, counseling, and testing in minority racial and ethnic communities.CDC’s research and on-the-ground HIV prevention efforts will continue as more information about the demographics and HIV risk behaviors of men who do and men who do not identify with the down low becomes available. Men who discreetly have sex with other men while in sexual relationships with women are said to be on the "down low" (or "dl" for short).