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Condoms, masks and the tale of two viruses — COVID and HIV/AIDS — harming the Black community

Are masks the new condoms? It’s an odd question at face value, but PREP activists say it’s an entry point to a conversation worth having in the Black community.

When presented with the comparison of masks to defend against the spread of COVID-19 and condoms to do the same for HIV/AIDS, David Johns, executive director of the National Black Justice Coalition tells theGrio it is “logical and thoughtful and flies in the face of not only good reason, but I think it’s amplifying a lot of confusion that has come from the CDC, especially as of late.”

With the rise of the Delta variant in news headlines, the public has pondered on CDC guidelines that stipulate mask-wearing is optional for vaccinated Americans. Now, just two weeks after issuing these guidelines, the CDC is reversing course and recommending that people vaccinated for the coronavirus resume wearing masks indoors under certain circumstances.


The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) is a civil rights organization dedicated to the empowerment of Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and same gender loving (LGBTQ/SGL) people, including people living with HIV/AIDS.