Tuesday, June 10, 2008

New Survey: 49% of Blacks in NYC have Herpes

New study out today about the rise in Herpes infections in NYC.

Please be careful. This does not go away with a cream.

Here are some quick (and scary) facts:

  • More than a fourth of adult New Yorkers are infected with Herpes Simplex Virus-2, the virus that causes genital herpes.
  • Genital herpes is more common in New York City than nationally (26% of adults versus 19%)
  • The rate is higher among women than men (36% versus 19%)
  • Higher among blacks than whites (49% versus 14%)
  • Higher among men who have sex with men than those who don’t (32% versus 18%)

The full report by the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene can be found here.


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