11 June 2008

New York and Herpes

Well, if you're going to New York and thinking about a dalliance or two make sure that you are condomed-up! The latest research by the New York Department of Health indicates that one in four New Yorkers is positive for the genital herpes virus. For African Americans the rate is even higher at one in two or 50% being carriers of the virus.

The virus is more prevalent in women. The herpes simplex virus 2 normally manifests as sores that will generally heal within 2 weeks but the sores are particularly painful. The sores also mean that a person with them is more susceptible to other virus such as HIV.

4 comments:

Polar Bear said...

If you think one in four New Yorkers is scary get this:
Herpes detected in 153 of 176 Female Sex Workers (86.9%;)
Herpes detected in 78 of 418 NON sex workers (18.7%)

That’s in JAKARTA: Prevalence and Risk Factors for Herpes Simplex Virus Type 2 Antibodies Among Low- and High-Risk Populations in Indonesia. 2008

Rob Baiton said...

PB...

Do you have a link to the study?

Polar Bear said...

Abstracts only on:

http://cat.inist.fr/?aModele=afficheN&cpsidt=18553034

http://www.popline.org/docs/1731/312776.html

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16868530

As I work at a university I amy well be able to obtain the entire tract if you want it.

Rob Baiton said...

PB...

The abstracts will do for now...

What are you teaching (if you can say)?

Which of Australia's illustrious institutes of higer learning do you lecture at (also if you can say)?

No dramas if you do not feel comfortable in disclosing such information about your good self :D