The down low is a term used to refer to men who are in relationships with women, but who also have sex with men (MSM).
This term started in the black community; however, this type of behavior is not unique to African Americans.
Men across all races and cultures have been known to deny their attraction to other men. In a September 2007 interview, Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said "there are no gay people in Iran." What he really meant was that, in Iran, gay people are not allowed to live their lives without fear of persecution and death.
People who are in Where a person might have been responsible about using condoms with causal partners, they may feel they can relax once in a stable relationship.If, however, their other partner is still sexually active outside the relationship, they may actually have become more at risk by "settling down."This isn't just a problem for women who are involved with men on the down low.It's an issue for anyone in a relationship where one partner is being dishonest about their level of fidelity. There are things about these men that put them, and their partners, uniquely at risk.Men on the down low are unlikely to be reached by prevention campaigns targeted at MSM who actually identify as gay or bisexual.They are also less likely to be regularly tested for HIV.Although they may have a lower frequency of high-risk behaviors with other men, the high-risk behavior men on the down low engage in has a larger potential circle of consequence - particularly since many of them have multiple female as well as male partners.