In a full page ad Monday appearing in Variety Magazine, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) is calling on ABC executives to correct a June 22 The View segment on HIV/AIDS the group called inaccurate.

GLAAD has called the comments of host Sherri Shepherd and guest host D.L. Hughley “dangerous” for perpetuating myths about African-American gay and bisexual men.

“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,” Hughley said.

Shepherd agreed, explaining that the “down low” is “black men who've been going out.”

“They are having sex with men and they're not telling their girlfriends or their wives that they're gay and their husbands, as well. And it's very prevalent with African-American women because they come home and have sex with their wives or their girlfriends. And they're not telling them that they're gay.”

“It's so big in the Black community with women because they're having unprotected sex with men who have been having sex with … men.”

Citing a 2009 Centers for Disease Control (CDC) study that found “relatively few” infections coming from bisexual partners in the Black community, GLAAD said the segment fueled a dangerous myth and urged the network to correct its mistake.

According to the group, ABC executives have refused to take action.

“When The View talks about these kinds of issues, people listen,” the Variety ad says. “And there's a responsibility that comes with that.”

“ABC now knows that it put out dangerous and false information about HIV/AIDS on its airwaves, yet the network still refuses to take responsibility,” Rashad Robinson, senior director of programs at GLAAD, said.

“ABC and The View's refusal to correct these inaccurate remarks comes at the expense of African-American gay and bisexual men, straight African-American women and millions of audience members who need facts about HIV/AIDS, not myths. It's extremely disheartening to see a program that usually covers our community with respect, unwilling to correct this serious lapse in editorial judgment.”