A new report from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention says black woman have the highest rates of herpes infection, clocking in at a staggering 48%. Nationally about 16% of Americans between the ages of 14 and 49 are infected with genital HERPES. A noted clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Brown University offers some insight. 48% of BLACK woman between the ages of 14 to 49 have herpes simplex virus type 2, or HSV-2 as its called. Overall blacks and woman were much more likely to be infected.
The prevalence among ALL other woman combined was almost 21%, compared to 11% for all men. 39% of blacks were infected, compared with roughly 12% of whites. What is the explanation for the very high rate of infection for woman overall, but for BLACK woman in particular?
Well for all sexually transmitted infections, its easier for woman to be infected because womans tissues are softer, which makes it more susceptible to bacteria and viruses.
But why the incredible high numbers for BLACK woman, and BLACKS overall? One theory. Through recent years there have been increasing incidents of the virus in the black community. And once it infiltrates the community, its much easier to be transmitted to AFRICAN american woman. If a concerted effort was put together to educate the younger people, the trend of higher overall incidents will subside and hopefully decrease.
Another contributing factor might very well be the fact that slightly over 40% of black woman have never been married, which could possibly over time lead to a significantly higher number of sexual partners, which may in turn lead to increased vulnerabilities.
There is no concrete data suggesting that within the black community there is a more prominent promiscuous lifestyle leading to a increase in sexual partners over the course of their lives. But some studies have conclusively shown that some young black woman do not sufficiently protect themselves in a way that would be uniform with national norms.
Dialogue amongst blacks should be increased as to put to bed the guilt and shame associated with honest discussions concerning sex.
CDC findings also discovered that up to 80% of infected people are not even aware they are infected. With HERPES and some other sexually transmitted diseases, there are rarely any symptoms. And if a person doesn’t know they are carrying the infection, safe sex practices may suffer and its much easier to pass the infection on to an un-suspecting partner.
There is no cure for HERPES, and that’s dire enough news. But there can be potentially fatal consequences to having (HSV-1 & HSV-2) also. If you carry the virus, you are at increased risk of getting HIV if you have unprotected sex with an individual who carries the HIV virus.
This is a major reason this ALL should be taken very seriously. It is vital that we realize this is a tremendous public health issue and reverse the trend. People react in different ways when they are informed they have the HSV virus. Getting professional counseling is recommended for those individuals who fall into deep depression.Its a virus that there is no cure for, you carry it for the rest of your life, and its very difficult to discuss with a partner or family member.
The BLACK PANTHER marvel movie with its positive role models for black youth, and great heroes and characters like Okoye, W”Kabi and TChaka filled the black community with wonderful feelings of unity and pride. But the fact of the matter is the numbers presented by the CDC says a large percentage of the female warriors protecting the BLACK PANTHER carry the HSV, HERPES virus. And a staggering amount of the male warriors are infected as well.
NOW THAT’S SOMETHING TO MARVEL ABOUT!