GLAAD, the Black AIDS Institute and the National Black Justice Coalition are really not happy with the ladies of "The View," taking out a full page ad in Variety blasting them for their ignorance. On the June 22 episode, Sherri Sheperd and co-host D.L. Hughley said that closeted black men are to blame for increased HIV rates among straight black women. Hughley said, "When you look at the prevalence of HIV in the African American community, it's primarily young women who are getting it from men who are on the down low." But GLAAD and, you know, science disagree.

Dr. Kevin Fenton, director of the CDC's National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD and TB Prevention, said, "We have looked to see what proportion of infections [among African American women] is coming from male partners who are bisexual and found there are actually relatively few." He notes that the infections more often come from unsafe drug use. GLAAD demanded an on-air apology after the show aired, but since that has yet to be issued, they've taken their outrage to the press.

The ad, published yesterday, says, "When 'The View' talks about these kinds of issues, people listen. And there's a responsibility that comes with that." It calls for the show to correct their record, and provide sources of accurate information for all their viewers. Then again, if you're taking your health information from "The View", it might already be too late for you.