This week something awful happened. A vicious rumor was spread around about a New York man spreading HIV to unsuspecting New York residents. I won’t go into to all the details of the original story since it turned out to be a pack of lies, but it was spread all throughout social media as a warning that a predator was on the loose knowingly spreading the disease. The story was accompanied with a mugshot to insinuate cops were looking for him, along with numerous “victims” testimonies.
When I first read the story I found it ridiculous. I thought to myself “How can a person sleep with that many people unprotected and no one dropped the dime?” Thanks to the examiner.com for actually investigating before they continued further with the digital lynching. There were just so many implausibilities in the story. As soon as I read most of the article I knew where this was headed. The story listed Mr. Isaac Don Burks as bisexual and so confused with his sexuality and angry with his mom’s death that he wanted to infect as many as possible. SMH. That’s all certain types needed to start the battle call against the “DL bisexuals” who apparently completely responsible for the spread of HIV. Sandra Rose even said on her blog that:
Ladies, as you read Joshua’s story, keep in mind that black women are the fastest growing HIV demographic in the U.S. due to bisexual men who in relationships with women because they are confused about their sexuality.
In 2013 its so sad to see women and men passing along this type of ignorant misinformation. If fuels witch-hunts like this. It also takes away responsibility from who it really belongs with…those that aren’t practicing safe sex. I don’t know why the black community is still stuck in the 1980’s in regards to sex education, but its depressing to watch more and more infections of black women being blamed on bisexual men. Mr. Burks had this to say on his facebook:
I feel this way. Stop looking for excuses to have unprotected sex and stop looking for scapegoats when you get something you don’t want from it. At the end of the day, if you’re out there having unprotected sex and you catch a STD, it’s a little too late to then start digging into that person’s sexual history.
Yes, there are men out there living double lives and there are also people out there who are knowingly spreading the disease. It might not have been the case this time, but because you know that it happens it should encourage you to wanna wrap it up even more. If you choose not too and you do catch a disease…Does it really matter if the person was straight, gay, or bisexual? Wrap it up and you won’t have to break into a sweat everytime you hear there’s a predator on the loose!
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