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HIV/AIDS Activist to Speak at FSU about “Down Low” Lifestyle
02/20/2006

J.L. King, a national HIV prevention educator, producer and author, will speak at Frostburg State University on Wednesday, March 1, at 7 p.m. in the Lane University Center's Manicur Assembly Hall. King will speak about “Living on the Down Low” – the secret lives of men who have sex with other men, but who do not consider themselves to be gay or bisexual.

King, who specializes in the behavior and lifestyles of African American men on the “down low,” has interviewed more than 1,000 men in his research and has himself lived the “down low” lifestyle. He was married and has three grown children, but also led a second life of relationships with men, all the while denying that he or anyone he loved was at risk of contracting HIV through his actions.

King has been featured in countless newspapers, including the New York Times and USA Today, has appeared on numerous radio and television programs. He has been credited by the Centers for Disease Control for exposing the “down low” lifestyle, which is putting African American women who thought they were in committed relationships at much greater danger of contracting HIV.

The presentation, sponsored by the FSU Black Student Alliance, is free and open to the public. King will sign books following his presentation.

For more information, contact the FSU Diversity Center at 301-687-4050. FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. You may request accommodations through ADA Compliance Office at 301-687-4102, TDD 301-687-7955.

For further information on this release, contact:

Office of News and Media Services
Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

Telephone: 301-687-3171
Fax: 301-687-7589
E-mail: news@frostburg.edu