#AlarmingStats: 3 Sexually Transmitted Diseases That Affect Black Women The Most (READ)

#AlarmingStats: 3 Sexually Transmitted Diseases That Affect Black Women The Most (READ)

By Lifestyles | The Trent on March 1, 2014
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This information came from womenshealth.gov. We don’t believe it’s some kind of conspiracy theory and might be the kind of information that black women should take a look at. But if you are one who chooses to be in denial, then we can’t help you.  But here’s the information anyway.  We hope that it helps someone. 

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) affect people of all backgrounds and economic levels. Yet African-Americans have high rates of many common STIs. Compared to white women, African-American women have:

Chlamydia (kluh-MID-ee-uh) rates that are more than seven times higher

Gonorrhea (gon-uh-REE-uh) rates that are about 16 times higher

 Syphilis rates that are 21 times higher

STIs are harmful, especially to women. STIs that are not treated can cause cancer, pelvic inflammatory disease, infertility, and other health problems. If a pregnant woman has an STI, it can harm her baby’s health. Having an STI also can increase a woman’s risk of getting HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.

STIs are spread through sexual contact. Most often, you can’t tell if a person has an STI because many STIs have no or mild symptoms. But STIs can still be passed from person to person even if there are no symptoms. If you’re having sex, get tested for STIs. Treatment can cure many STIs.

You can lower your risk of STIs by taking the following steps. The steps work best when used together. No single strategy can protect you from all STIs.

[Hattip to The Medical Blog, WomensHealth.gov]

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