Let’s Face the Facts: 1 in 2 Black Women Have Herpes

Your Black World Staff

It’s time to face the facts. Health studies and reports show that the black community has a sexually transmitted disease epidemic on their hands.  Some people in the black community have speculated that a continued lack of good decision-making has allowed the spread of STDs. Many women will sleep with a man who has had numerous sexual partners or has children with multiple women and not consider the severity of their actions.

Women need to better protect themselves. In order to do this, there needs to be better education in the black community. Studies have shown that 50% of black women have herpes which is half of the women in the community. Herpes is not the only thing to worry about. Half of all new HIV/AIDS cases are black women.

This is where accountability comes in. With STD screening and free condoms available at local clinics, there is no reason why STDs should be spreading so rapidly. Requiring your partner to get screened before engaging in any intimacy should be the first step for everyone. After the results come back, even if they are negative, both partners should engage in preventative and protective methods (like male or female condoms) against STDS.

Black women must take precautions to protect themselves. Ten-thousand black women die yearly from sexually transmitted diseases. Resistance to awareness will not stop this epidemic. Only through a continued lack of awareness, lack of education and lack of accountability will this epidemic spread.  We all have to do better.

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  17. Many people have herpes zoster(chicken pox/shingles). Please stop this irresponsible fear-mongering. Be responsible and practice safer sex, but please stop this fanning of imaginary flames.

  18. Poorly written, but highlights an important issue. Black women are getting sick at a much higher rate than any other group. Very scary article, but I think the writer meant for that.

  19. The CDC study did not reach this conclusion.

  20. So sad!

  21. Though all STD's should of major concern to the Black and all communities.To say that 1 of 2 Black women have herpes is very far fetched.Considering that there are millions of Black women in the U.S. alone.Claims like this must always be questioned for validity and methodolgy used.Were any other groups of woman studied in addition to Black women? IJA!

  22. They never had enough black women in study to make such a claim.

  23. Statistics isnt fact. I can conduct focus groups of @ risk women on std’s..CDC been lying to our Community for years. Remember The Tuskegee experient African American healthy strong men was injected with Syphilis .Planned Parenthood was the finacial backing Bill Gates Sr.(eugenics)

  24. Alexcia Harris-Herious

    wtf? who the hell does these studies? if memory serves me correctly according to the cdc 1 in 2 black men would be hiv positive by the year 2010! that was a back in 1996! not 2 undermine the real hiv/aids or std epidemic in our community which should be at the top of social issues for blacks. but at the same time we have to beware of these miscellaneous and felonious "studies/statistics" put out about blacks in general. alot of disinformation is put out there to further demonize as well as separate us. u think white supremacy doesn't affect the medical industries? if it ain't 4 us by us u gotta question it! I am just sayin…..

  25. Actually, the data for this study comes from the Center for Disease Control. But maybe they're just making all this up. Keep on selling the message of irresponsibility and see how far this gets you.

    • The vast majority of the world has some form of herpes and most with no real health effects; there are plenty of real ailments to worry about instead of drumming this up

    • •Up to 50% of new genital herpes infections are caused by HSV-1, mainly through cases of oral herpes being passed through oral sex (Source: The New York Times Health section)

    • Black women, no more oral sex for you. It appears that we have a special vulnerability to the Herpes virus and since most black females only engage with black men, I wonder how that could'a happened? And if the trend in interracial relations continues, how long will it be before white women reflect the same numbers?

    • Gotta put the word out to our sisters. This is unbelievable & believable.. But totally information at the same time.. Thnks

    • Don't believe everything you read. Dig Deep for yourselves! Remember they been lying to us about us for years.

    • Don't believe everything you read. Dig Deep for yourselves! Remember they been lying to us about us for years.

    • I worked on a herpes study and although it was one of the fastest enrolling clinical trials I have ever seen those numbers seem very high.

    • I thought the cure was reveal some years ago?

    • This is BS!! 50% of Black women have herpes? So my mom, my sister, 1/2 of the women I know have herpes…….Are we this ignorant to believe this? CDC, WHO, NIH can say anything and Black folks call it the 'Gospel' without any critical thought………Black women are the scourge of the Earth if we keep believing this lies……..

    • These new viruses are no based on scientific research and evidence………

    • Who is polling these people and who are admitting this…..Is someone in the medical field going in people's files and releasing this info….I do not believe this and it is very negative against WOMEN..HAS nothing to do with race…just WOMEN..STOP IT!!!

    • What is this war on black women about. Why does everyone want to pick on the black women. . .If 1 out of 2 black women have herpes (which I don't believe) how many black men have it? It's astonishing how black women are being betrayed these days in the media and on tv.

    • Many people have herpes zoster(chicken pox/shingles). Please stop this irresponsible fear-mongering. Be responsible and practice safer sex, but please stop this fanning of imaginary flames.

  26. Theartistformallyknownas Heifersaywhat Johnson

    What kind of unsubstantiated bs is this? What study? What is the sample size. I bet some white person wrote this mess. The lengths that folks go through to make Black women the enemy is amazing.