Dating black people with herpes

The CDC estimates that, annually, 776,000 people in the United States get new herpes infections.Genital herpes infection is common in the United States.When I confronted my friend about the situation, I asked if he knew that he had herpes. It was hard enough to face the fact that we'd had sex, or tried to, and it was much harder to cope with the fact that I had caught an incurable sexually transmitted disease.In 1989, when I got herpes, the nurse told me I couldn't transmit the virus unless I was having an outbreak.Nationwide, 16.2 percent, or about one out of six, people ages 14 to 49 have a genital HSV-2 infection.

As Black women, we need to change our mind-sets and prioritize for the sake of our health. When we do this, not only will these statistics change about herpes and other infectious diseases, but how we feel about ourselves as black women will too.Statistically, it is shown that black women, particularly between the ages of 20-49 are more likely to have herpes than any other race. With numbers like these it is painfully obvious that something needs to be done to change these numbers around.Herpes, is an STI or sexually transmitted illness caused by the herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1).She had been free of outbreaks for 12 years, and the same might be the case for me, she said.Genital herpes is a contagious viral infection that remains permanently in the nerve cells.

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