CDC: Herpes rate in blacks 3X as that of whites (in US)

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    http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSN0923528620100309

    WASHINGTON, March 9 (Reuters) - About 16 percent of Americans between the ages of 14 and 49 are infected with genital herpes, making it one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases, U.S. health officials said on Tuesday.

    Black women had the highest rate of infection at 48 percent and women were nearly twice likely as men to be infected, according to an analysis by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    About 21 percent of women were infected with genital herpes, compared to only 11.5 percent of men, while 39 percent of blacks were infected compared to about 12 percent for whites, the CDC said.

    There is no cure for genital herpes, or herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2), which can cause recurrent and painful genital sores and also increases the likelihood of acquiring and transmitting the AIDS virus. It is related to herpes simplex virus 1, or oral herpes, which causes cold sores.

    Several drugs are available to treat herpes symptoms and outbreaks, including acyclovir, which is available generically or under the Zovirax brand name, and valacyclovir, known generically as Valtrex -- both made by GlaxoSmithKline PLC (GSK.L). Ganciclovir, sold as Zirgan, is made by privately-held Sirion Therapeutics, Inc.

    The CDC estimates that more than 80 percent of people with genital herpes do not know they are infected.

    "The message is herpes is quite common. The symptoms can be often very innocuous," Dr. John Douglas of the CDC said in a teleconference.

    "Because herpes is so prevalent it becomes ... a really important reason to use condoms on a consistent and correct basis with all of your partners," Douglas said.

    Douglas said the increased rate of infection in blacks is not do to increased risk behavior but likely due to biological factors that make women more susceptible as well as the higher rate of infection within black communities.

    The CDC estimates that there are 19 million new sexually transmitted disease infections every year in the United States, costing the health care system about $16 billion annually.
     
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    That's a very unfortunate statistic. What kinds of things can be done about this other than better educational programs? :confused:
     
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    Assuming that most races date intraracially I think it shows that black guys are hitting it with more women than white guys.
     
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    That the herpes rate in blacks 3X as that of whites in the United States. This was covered in the title.
     
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    So what discussion are you trying to drum up? :confused:
     
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    Its pretty basic to teach unprotected sex leads to STD's. What would "better educational programs" do. I'm not an expert, but I think this point is covered pretty well in the current programs and knowledge base of people.
     
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    I's just stating data that the rate of herpes infection in US blacks is over 3 times that of whites, as per the CDC and reported by the AP. I think you will find that no judgment calls were made in my first post or in the tile of this post.
     
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    So then what do you think we should do? I'd suggest different types of educational programs that work then. What else could we possibly do?:confused:
     
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    Not much can be done about the biological factors that make black women more susceptible except for a wider spread use of condoms. Since racial lines follow economic ones too, I wonder if there is connection with income as well.
     
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    There is an old adage...you can lead a horse to water, but you cannot make him drink.

    I guess there are some draconian measures that could be done, but aside from that, not much I suspect. I don't know though.
     
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    Are black women more susceptible than white women? I read that women are more susceptible than men, given the plumbing differences, but I've never seen it broken down by race as you posted.
     
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    I really doubt we are getting the message across. There are too many ways to try to just give up.
     
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    I misread the article. Yes, its women in general. I still think there is an economic link but that wasn't explored in the study I guess.
     

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