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Billboard lays bare the HIV epidemic among young black males




This billboard is currently on display in West Hollywood. The nonprofit responsible for it says it wants African-American families to be more open about the risk of HIV among their gay youth.
This billboard is currently on display in West Hollywood. The nonprofit responsible for it says it wants African-American families to be more open about the risk of HIV among their gay youth.
Adrian Florido

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A local nonprofit is hoping to spark conversation with a new billboard towering over the busy intersection of Santa Monica Boulevard and La Brea Avenue, the gateway to West Hollywood.

In bold white letters against an all-black background, it offers a startling L.A. county statistic: "One in three black gay men are infected with HIV."

Then, in even bigger letters, it asks: "IS HE YOUR SON?"

While HIV infection rates have stabilized or improved for most demographic groups, for young black men who have sex with men, they are getting worse, reports KPCC's Adrian Florido.

"They’re living at home. They’re living with HIV. And no one even knows it. No one is even having that conversation," says Jeffrey King, the man responsible for the billboard.

King directs In the Meantime Men, a nonprofit that works with young black gays in an effort to lower their high rate of infection.

Read the full story: Billboard confronts parents of black gays with HIV