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HIV (human immunodeficiency) and AIDS (acquired immune deficiency) is a virus that attacks a person’s blood cells knows as CD4+ T cells.  These particular blood cells are needed to help fight diseases.  Symptoms may show up within a few weeks and resemble the flu.  Others may be infected for years with little or no symptoms.  Medication can slow down the disease and reduce the rest of transmitting it to others.  HIV left untreated can cause other health problems such as kidney, liver, and cardiovascular disease.

In 2007 there were 35,962 new cases of AIDS and 14,110 deaths.  Also in 2007 46% of the HIV cases were African Americans.  This trend has remained at a constant rate.   Among men, African Americans contact HIV 6 times more than Caucasians.  The rate of black women being infected was 15 times higher than white women.

*Caucasians contract HIV less than Hispanics and Blacks.*
During a lifetime, 1 in 16 black men will be infected with HIV and 1 in 32 black women.

After reading that statistic, there is nothing else left to say.  Get tested.  Know your status.

Please visit http://www.cdc.gov for more information.  I love you all

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The sexually transmitted disease genital herpes comes in two types, type 1 and type 2.  Usually there are very few symptoms.  When signs appear it can sometimes be a small blister that leave behind ulcers.  A few weeks later, the ulcers disappear.  Outbreaks occur within weeks or months and gradually decrease over time.  One out of six people between the ages of 14 to 49 are infected with genital herpes type 2.  The infection is more common in women than men.  Herpes can be spread even when an outbreak is not visible.  Herpes type 1, also known as fever blisters,  can cause genital herpes.  Currently, there is no cure for herpes but treatment can help prevent outbreaks and reduce the likely hood of transmitting the disease to a partner.  If left untreated, herpes can cause mental problems.

If you currently do not know your status, please make an appointment.  There are many free clinics.  Call you local health department.  I know it may to scary but it’s best to know so that we can slow down the infection rates.

 

On a side note: You can still get the disease even while wearing a condom!  Abstinence is the safest way to protect yourself.  Please visit: http://www.cdc.gov for more information.

 

 

Syphilis is caused by a bacterium that was nicknamed “the great imitator” due to the fact that it often times mimics the symptoms of other sexually transmitted diseases.  In 2006, over 36,000 reports of syphilis was made.  Syphilis infects a person by direct contact with the sore.  The sores can be in the rectum, anus, vagina, genitals, lips or mouth.  There are many people who may have the disease for years with no symptoms.  It may start off as a rash, usually on the palms of hands and/or feet.  Some may have it for 10-20 years before symptoms develop.  Untreated syphilis can cause blindness, liver, brain and nerve damage or even death.

Syphilis is easily treated if caught during the early stages with in one year with antibiotics.  Even if you have had syphilis before, it is possible to be re-infected.  The best way to avoid an std, is to remain abstinent.  http://www.cdc.gov

                                                                    

On my last post, I told you all I would discuss why it seems like most of the std cases are within the African American community.  Even with Syphilis, African Americans are treated 3 times more, than Caucasians.    As an African American, I wanted to give this some additional thought.  Why is this the case?

Lil Wayne in the bed with multiple women

1. We have the highest number of single parent homes
2. Highest number of unemployment
3. The music we tend to listen to
4. The television programs we watch
I really want to address the music and television programs.  The music targeted at African Americans tell us that it’s okay to fornicate, have multiple partners “My girl got a girlfriend”, and being faithful to one mate is craziness.  The television shows targeted at African Americans says that men are hoes (and it’s okay) and women are only valuable for their bodies.  Take a look at most of the music videos by African American rappers.  It adds to the growing problem of std rates and no one is willing to take a stand.
I have never been one those ‘power to the people’, ‘black pride’ fist held high but I do not want to see my people die from sexually transmitted diseases.  There are many hate groups who are laughing at us as we kill off ourselves.  Time for a change.

Gonorrhea is a bacterium that grows in areas where plenty of moisture is present such as the uterus, cervix, and the urethra in males and females.  This sexually transmitted disease can grown in the eyes, anus, mouth and throat.  Each year in the United States it is estimated that Gonorrhea infects more than 700,000 people, but only 301,174 cases were reported.  Gonorrhea can be even be spread by mouth.  It can be transmitted without ejaculation.  Gonorrhea rates are the highest amongst teenagers, African Americans and young adults.  Untreated gonorrhea can cause pelvic inflammatory disease, ectopic pregnancy, and epididymitis.  Gonorrhea can be treated with antibiotics but it doesn’t fix any complications.  There is an antibiotic resistant strain of Gonorrhea.  The disease has evolved making it difficult to treat in some cases.

An infant born with gonorrhea

Some people may have been infected and not even know it.  The symptoms that do appear include discharge that may be white, yellow, or green and burning when urinating.  Men may have swollen and painful testicles.  For females, the symptoms are usually non existent  or very faint.  It may seen to be a bladder infection.

If you or some one you know are experiences these symptoms, please see your doctor or head over to your local health department.

On the next post, I am going to discuss why it seems like most of the std cases are in the African American community.  As a fellow African American, it’s quite disturbing.

source: http://www.cdc.gov