Black women have high rate of herpes

    Recent findings from the Centers for Disease Control find that nearly half all Black woman have herpes.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Recent findings from the Centers for Disease Control find that nearly half all Black woman have herpes.
     
    The CDC reports that 48 percent of Black women ages 14 to 49 have herpes simplex 2, the virus that causes the disease.  It is the most common STD in the U.S. At 39.2 percent, African Americans have at least three times greater odds of contracting herpes than White people, who only have a 12.3 percent likelihood of having the condition.


     
    According to the CDC, the chances of Black women having herpes are compounded by the possibility that women may be biologically more susceptible to it than men are. Add to that the fact that American women are more than twice as likely than men to catch the disease. Finally, socioeconomic factors, like poverty and lack of health care, also raise the chances of contracting the herpes.


     
    Most shocking perhaps are CDC estimates stating that more than 80 percent of people infected with herpes aren’t aware they have it. This could be because many of the infected never suffer an outbreak or display any symptoms. However, carriers need not show symptoms to transmit the disease.

     
    "Many individuals are transmitting herpes to others without even knowing it," Dr. John Douglas Jr., who heads the CDC’s Division of STD Prevention, told
    CNN. "We can’t afford to be complacent about this disease. It is important that persons with symptoms suggestive of herpes — especially recurrent sores in the genital area — seek clinical care to determine if these symptoms may be due to herpes and might benefit from treatment."
     
    The CDC asserts that there is medication to treat and prevent outbreaks. They also advocate simple prevention methods, such as wearing condoms and cutting back on the number of people you sleep with, to lower the rate of new infections. Finally, the CDC suggest that people who know they herpes simply avoid sex during an outbreak.



     

     

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