Over the last week, Frank Ocean has received an outpouring of love from the music industry, fans, friends and family, but all the responses haven’t been so great. For whatever reason, Lil Scrappy decided to weigh in, by telling TMZ that while he is happy that Ocean revealed his love for another man, he blames “closeted” gay men for spreading AIDS. “I’m glad that he came out … so all the real women that love to mess with real men, straight men, we can keep the AIDS situation down, you feel me?”
Scrappy further inserted his foot into his mouth by calling homos-xuality the “doorway to AIDS.”
Unfortunately the Love & Hip Hop Atlanta star is sadly mistaken, and may want to do a little research (it takes about two seconds to Google things) before speaking on a subject he clearly knows nothing about. For one, AIDS cannot be spread between two people. The virus starts as HIV and turns into AIDS once the infected party’s t-cell count reaches a certain number, putting their immune system in jeopardy, and making them susceptible to other diseases. Also, while many straight Black men would like to blame the HIV/AIDS epidemic on men on the “down low,” the fact of the matter is that unprotected intercourse (of all kinds) is at the root of the problem.
In 2009, NPR ran a story discrediting the myth linking the epidemic in the Black community to men who live double lives by sleeping with both men and women. The radio outlet interviewed director of the National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD and TB Prevention, Dr. Kevin Fenton, who cleared up any leftover confusion. “It’s critically important to know that we’re dealing with a very complex epidemic, certainly among the Black community, and black women are bearing a disproportionate burden of disease compared with their white or Hispanic counterparts,” said Dr. Fenton. “It’s also important to realize that about one in five black women become infected because of injecting drugs, and about 80 percent of women acquire the infection through sexual transmission from male partners who are HIV infected.
“Their male partners may become infected either through injecting drugs themselves, through having multiple sexual partners or a smaller proportion through male bisexual activity. So it’s important to understand the range of risk factors which occur in heterosexual transmission of HIV in the United States.”
Despite being less than 15 percent of the population, Black people are leading the pack among all ethnicities infected with the virus. In an attempt to put a dent in the staggering figures, the CDC is now offering free-home testing kits, which were just approved by the FDA.
Perhaps Scrappy should educate himself so that he doesn’t contribute to the spread of the virus, rather than being pre-occupied with a foolish blame game regarding what other men do in their bedrooms.
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