The Sexist

Washington, D.C. Not Safe for Hook-Ups?

Looks like the female condom alone won't solve the HIV crisis among the District's women: According to Tiffany West-Ojo, a rep from the D.C. HIV/AIDS Administration, conversations about preventing the spread of HIV should touch on more than just protection—they must also "focus on the sexual behaviors of Black women and heterosexual men in the Black community." West-Ojo spoke at a March HIV summit organized by Divas, Making Our People Healthier that was covered by the Washington Informer.

The Informer paraphrases West-Ojo: "During a time when the nation and popular culture appear to accept open relationships or 'hook ups,' West-Ojo said Black women in the District must be more conservative." West-Ojo added: "Everybody can have these open relationships, but it's not a safe environment to have those kinds of relationships in D.C."

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  • Native JD in DC

    Shouldn't they be focusing on the sexual behaviors of all races? DC is multicultural and "the Black community" (with all critical race theory implications implied) is about to fall below the 50% threshold.

    Given the article on interracial marriage in AP today, limiting AIDS outreach to one racial demographic undermines their own efforts.

  • Lizrd

    You know... because shame tactics over sexual activity have always worked so well. Christ, just push condom use and stop using this as an opportunity to push one brand of morality on everyone.

    “focus on the sexual behaviors of Black women and heterosexual men in the Black community.” ugh... just ugh.... Black men with their "the mythical Mandingo Dick" how do you expect the black ladies to resist?

  • drsnacks

    Condom use and self-respect. People have risky sex for acceptance/status/validation not simply because it "feels good" and they "can't keep it in their pants". It'd be nice if as a rule the mental health issues involved in the epidemic were taken into account in prevention propaganda.

  • anon

    they must also “focus on the sexual behaviors of Black women and heterosexual men in the Black community.” West-Ojo spoke at a March HIV summit organized by Divas, Making Our People Healthier that was covered by the Washington Informer.

    --So what about non-black women in the "black community." That's what worries me.

  • kza

    "People have risky sex for acceptance/status/validation not simply because it “feels good”"

    Uhhhhh false! Sex feels good. Try it!

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