But just as how the estimated 35 million people who have died of Aids, the 37 million people currently living with HIV, and the million people who still die from Aids every year globally are guilty of no moral failure, the half of black queer American men who are becoming HIV positive are not doing so due to particularly risky behaviour. Eligible men were then read a short script that described the study process: Several studies have suggested that the types of social networks held by gay men influence their sexual risk-taking [ 22 — 27 ]; however, the directionality and magnitude of these influences are varied in the literature. And in the US, this largely meant that white gay men got the drugs early and often, while black gay America largely never got them. After introducing themselves, the recruiter would ask if the man was interested in seeing if he was eligible for a research study at Emory University. To not notice is wilful ignorance. Over the same period, the epidemiology of HIV got worse in black America. Increasing social support has been shown to be correlated with stronger condom norms and reduced unprotected anal intercourse among MSM living with HIV [ 32 ], whereas African-American gay men are more likely to engage in unprotected anal sex if they report receiving less social support from family and friends [ 33 ]. Aids was a unifying force in gay politics from the early s until the mid s. For example, researchers have shown that social isolation, loneliness, and a lack of social support are significant risk factors for sexual risk-taking among MSM [ 13 — 16 ], but little research has focused on how the composition of their social networks shape sexual risk-taking. I do this not to deceive, but to point out how Americans imagine men who have sex with men to be white — and to highlight how invisible black gay and bisexual men are in the American zeitgeist even while facing existential suffering. Participants who completed the survey at the venue were compensated with a gift card; participants who completed the survey at home were compensated with the same value of gift card that was sent to them electronically. However, a notable study by Smith et al.