Every Other Black Woman Has Herpes?

Disclaimer: This post is not intended to suggest Roberta Tubbs of The Cleveland Show has herpes. She’s a lovely young lady that’s not real.

A recent study done by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows herpes rates remain high in U.S. So high every 1 in 6 Americans between the ages of 14 and 49 have genital herpes. It is the most popular sexually transmitted disease.

Black women had the highest rate of infection with 48%.

So half of all American Black women have herpes? I can’t even wrap my head around that. This is such bad PR for us ladies. I’m inclined to believe these numbers are off. They were wrong on swine flu.

“…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. ~Dr. John Douglas of the CDC”

I think increasing incarceration rates for Black women play a part as well as promiscuous unprotected deceptive sex partners (we need not get into a down low rant here) and mass incarceration of Black men. I’ve always suspected difficulty being assertive in and negotiating sexual situations with partners are a huge issue here too.

Src: U.S. herpes rates remain high – CDC

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