According to the most recent data, AIDS is the number one killer for African-American women ages 25 to 34. Eugene Rivers, reverend at the Azusa Christian Church in Boston, says the increased number of black women with HIV reflects a moral and cultural crisis in the black community.
"There is a culture of promiscuity that says we must celebrate big pimping, booty popping and bootylicousness," he says. "That is promoted and accepted, and it demeans black women in ways that are absolutely absurd. ... The black community and America in general has to confront this crisis because we are now reducing a generation of young women to a biological underclass."
Reverend Rivers says that until it's no longer accepted for men to demean women and encourage promiscuity, the infection will continue to spread. "Unprotected sex is now functioning as an instrument of mass destruction," he says.