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A Candid Look at Black Women and AIDS on World AIDS Day


An infidelity expert looks at the statistics on Black women and AIDS for World AIDS Day. Plus a FREE tip sheet to help Black women protect themselves against heterosexually-contracted HIV/AIDS from Black men on the down low.

“World AIDS Day (December 1) is a good time to take a look at the harsh realities concerning Black women and AIDS.” says infidelity expert Ruth Houston. “Statistics from the Center for Disease Control indicate that Black women are infected with HIV/AIDS in numbers that are grossly disproportionate to their demographics. Since World AIDS Day is about awareness and education, let’s look at some of the alarming facts.”

Facts About Black Women and AIDS

• Black women, who comprise only 12 to 13 percent of the U.S. population, account for approximately 70 percent of new AIDS cases.
• One out of 160 Black women is HIV positive, compared to one in 3,000 white women.
• Approximately 20 Black women in America become infected with HIV every day.
• 67% of black women with HIV contracted it from heterosexual sex.
• AIDS has become one of the top three causes of death for Black women aged 25-34.

At the 2005 National HIV Prevention Conference, CDC researchers reported that new HIV infections are rising among blacks, women, and people who get the virus through heterosexual contact.

Many health care professional believe the rise in HIV/AIDS among Black women is directly related to Black men “on the down low”— gay or bisexual men who secretly engage in sex with other men while they’re in relationships with women. A man on the down low who has unprotected sex with other men puts his unsuspecting female partner at risk for HIV/AIDS.

Black Women Being Misinformed About AIDS and Same Sex Infidelity

The HIV/AIDS problem is compounded by the fact that Black women have been misinformed about how to tell if their husbands and boyfriends are on the down low”, says Ruth Houston, author of Is he Cheating on You? – 829 Telltale Signs and founder of “They’ve been told that there are no telltale signs. As one who has spent 11 years studying and documenting signs of infidelity, I strongly disagree. The down low is basically another form of infidelity, the difference being that the “Other Woman” is actually another man. Since this is the case, many of the same signs of infidelity apply.”

“There ARE telltale signs if a man is on the down low.” Houston continues. “And in order for Black women to protect themselves against HIV/AIDS, they need to know what these signs are. World AIDS Day is about awareness and education. So as a public service, I’ve compiled a 2-part tip sheet called the “Down Low Dozen” Tip Sheet to give Black women the information they need about the down low.”

FREE Tip Sheet Helps Black Women Protect Themselves from HIV/AIDS

Knowledge is power. The purpose of the Down Low Dozen tip sheet is to provide Black Women with practical ( and accurate) information they can use to help protect themselves from heterosexually-contracted HIV/AIDS.

Part 1 of the Down Low Dozen tip sheet outlines Houston’s 3-step process for finding out if a man is on down low. It also lists 12 specific telltale signs -- the down low dozen -- which in conjunction with other signs of infidelity, indicate that his partner is probably another man.

Part 2 of the Down Low Dozen tip sheet contains two dozen practical suggestions for the woman who suspects or finds out that her man is on the down low. It includes advice on what to do, how to confront a man about his down low status, how she can protect herself, and where to get help. For a FREE copy of the Down Low Dozen tip sheet, send an e-mail to with “down low dozen” in the subject line.

About Ruth Houston:

Infidelity expert Ruth is the author of Is He Cheating on You – 829 Telltale Signs, which documents practically every known sign of infidelity, including the subtle signs most women overlook. Ruth has been quoted in the New York Times, the New York Post, Newsday, the Toronto Sun, the Houston Chronicle, Cosmopolitan, the Christian Science Monitor, MSN Lifestyle, iVillage, AOL Black Voices and numerous other print and online media. She has been a guest on The Today Show, Good Day New York, BBC, CBC, TalkAmerica, 1010 WINS and over 200 radio and TV talk shows in the United States, Europe, Canada, South America, New Zealand, and the Caribbean.

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To schedule an interview with Ruth Houston, call 718 592-6039 or e-mail


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