the lack of condoms is a significant issue. and any closed/isolated population is going to be more prone to disease issues.
the "DL" issue seems to be a way for some folks to make money and for others to politicize the disease without looking at the big(ger) picture.
so i'm automatically wary when anyone (not you, per se) starts throwing that around as a significant reason for it all.
i've always looked at it like this: if only about 10% of ppl in this country identify as homosexual (let's up that to 20% for those who are still in the closet/engaging regularly, but not telling, bi, etc.)
and then folks wanna say that 80% of blk dudes are doing this--outside of incarceration?
it just doesn't seem to add up. even with the prison numbers.
and i've never seen the numbers juxtaposed in a way that makes it make sense. another red flag.