Not to mention, the Centers for Disease Control decided to ruin our mojo with the recently released information that 48 percent of black women between the ages of 14 and 49 have the virus that causes genital herpes. Adaora Adimora, a professor at the University of North Carolina’s Center for Infectious Diseases, told NPR that “the racial disparity for herpes is actually less than for HIV and other STDs.” And, she emphasized that though these numbers for herpes high, they have been pretty much stable since the last national estimate, which looked at the period from 1999 to 2004.” As you probably guessed black women around the country have been discussing the CDC findings and they are not at all happy about the outcome.
According to Contributor Helena Andrews, “A girlfriend of mine thinks these newest statistics are just another arrow stolen from black Cupid.
The two herpes viruses talked about the most, however, are HSV-1 and HSV-2, because both are sexually transmitted.
As previously reported, there is a new theory that may explain why so many younger people are becoming infected with herpes.
Research suggests that in the past, kids were exposed to the virus during childhood—possibly as a result of kissing relatives who thought nothing of the cold sore they had on their mouth.
According to the Prostate Cancer Foundation, African American men are 61 percent more likely to develop prostate cancer compared with Caucasian men and are nearly 2.5 times as likely to die from the disease.
African Americans also develop prostate cancer earlier in life, and get a more aggressive form of the disease.
That’s 3.7 billion people worldwide who are infected. A new report by the World Health Organization estimates that two out of three adults under the age of 50 had herpes simplex virus 1 in 2012.
That’s 3.7 billion people worldwide who are infected. We used to call them cold sores or fever blisters and dismiss them as unsightly and annoying.
AIDS-related illnesses are killing women of color daily, and this study should not be a chance for people to point the finger, but instead a time for everyone to break the silence when it comes to sexual health in the black community.
It is always that as a people we stick together, but we allow and support the stigma in our own community against talking about the reproductive health of women, or even the issue that black men don’t see doctors on a regular basis, which is why many are diagnosed later with diseases that, caught earlier, could be treated.
So Many People Have It One thing that makes herpes infections so common is that it can be spread whenever the virus is shedding, which can happen when people are not experiencing any symptoms.
Though this can make prevention more challenging, people who get multiple outbreaks often come to learn what their skin feels like right before an outbreak and know to avoid contact with others at that point.
While it is more common for HSV-1 to infect the mouth and HSV-2 the genitals, we know now that either strain of the virus can cause infection in either place.