According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the HIV epidemic is not the only thing that black people have to worry about. The CDC claims that nearly half (48 percent) of all African American women between the ages of 14 and 49 are infected with genital herpes.
Black women have the highest rate of infection and their rate is nearly twice as high as men. Overall, 21 percent of all women are infected, compared with 11.5 percent of men. For the black community, 39 percent of all African Americans are infected, compared with 12 percent for whites.
There is no cure for genital herpes (herpes simplex 2), which can cause recurring sores in the genitalia and increases the likelihood of HIV transmission. It is also related to oral herpes, or herpes simplex 1. The CDC also says that a full 80 percent of those who have herpes have no idea that they’ve been infected.
The CDC estimates that there are 19 million new herpes infections every year.
You can catch oral herpes by either kissing someone or sharing a glass or utensil with the infected person. The diseases lie inside the body in a dormant state until an outbreak occurs. Outbreaks can be caused by a number of factors, including stress, fatigue or excessive alcohol consumption.
You can catch herpes simplex 2 (genital herpes) through skin-to-skin contact with the infected area, or through unprotected oral or vaginal sex. Many times, the person is able to pass the disease even when there is no outbreak…..
It’s sad no one believes any negative data about the African American community. I share these types of stats all the time on our blog website…I share them personally with black women and I get one of two reactions: apathy (a slightly raised brow), or disbelief (the white people trying to scare us again with false statistics). There is never any outcry, nobody gets angry, nobody’s alarmed!!! Isn’t it funny black people believe all the stats on police violence toward blacks; all of the statistics on black slavery, and how many black men were lynched during Jim Crow; but have a major problem with statistics that don’t present us as the victim but as a willing participant in our own demise.
If there’s anybody out there that cares and want to be part of the solution. Write us firstname.lastname@example.org. We are presently working on a project that will bring this info to the forefront. You may not write us, but whatever you do please do something- black people are committing genocide…and continue to vote and side with political parties and agendas that keep promoting the destruction. If you want more info on the solution- Check out our books Test Tubed and Waiting, Dating, & Mating. Also visit http://www.waitingdatingmating.com. I am so so, troubled by these numbers aren’t you?