Sexually Transmitted Disease: How to Fight Frighteningly High Rates of Infection

Los Angeles Times, September 14, 2011

Chlamydia rates among young African American women in L.A. County have reached alarming levels: 8.7% of all black teenagers ages 15 to 19 have the sexually transmitted disease. Gonorrhea rates are lower but still troublingly high among African American girls and women. Rates among Latino girls and women also are above average.

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Chlamydia is easily curable with antibiotics, but if it is allowed to spread undetected, it can cause a host of potentially dangerous health problems, especially to the fetus of a pregnant woman. {snip}

The county’s well-regarded “I Know” campaign is one smart approach. It provides free home testing kits to women, who can mail in their tests and receive the results by Internet. But not everyone has Internet access. So on Monday, the county and Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas are kicking it up a notch by placing dedicated kiosks throughout his district that will allow women to order the kits online and get the results as well.

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  • Anonymous

    I see white females dating black males all the time. Shouldn’t the Chlamydia rates be divided equally between African American females and white females?

  • Anonymous

    How can this be since only black males have sex with black females?

    Or is the same couple guys getting them all? Could be, if some of the articles just previously run on Amren are true.

  • dutchman

    Articles like this leave me wondering: are venereal diseases racist? Or are they a social construct?

    I’m guessing that the smaller percentages of Whites and ‘others’ on the chart are made up predominantly of women that have sex with blacks.

  • Anonymous

    My aunt worked in the local juvenile hall medical clinic. She said that almost all the black girls had STDs. She worked there starting about 1963.

    Nothing changes.

  • Question Diversity

    Note that for black women, the rate peaks in the 15-19 age range, while for all other racial groups, it peaks in the 20-24 range.

  • Anonymous

    Sexually transmitted disease: How to fight frighteningly high rates of infection:

    Very simple. As the accompanying chart clearly shows, your first and best line of defense is NOT to have sex with a black person. Just one MORE reason, and a very good one at that, to avoid blacks.

  • Ben

    @ 3

    That is one suspicion I have too. Unfortunately we have no way of knowing for sure (although logical assuming we do).

    If they only reported from which group a said individual contracted the disease from (and the rates of contraction between difference population groups with this graph and statistics).

  • Anonymous

    Note that for black women, the rate peaks in the 15-19 age range, while for all other racial groups, it peaks in the 20-24 range.

    Interesting point. And one wonders why so many young people under the age of consent are having sex. Where are their parents? Or is it “parent?”

    Also, do I detect an inverse correlation between median IQ and rates of STDs?

  • Kahane

    I wonder what the rates for gays are? And please don’t call me, “homophobic” or any other such nonsense, I’m most unequivocally not. People of all groups need to take responsability for their actions, because these actions have consequences. I guess such a concept is considered radical these days. However, those that suffer most by ignoring it are those that the radical left claims to care about. Pathetic.

  • olewhitelady

    This has been the case for hundreds of years. Blacks begin sex at a younger age, on the average, and have more promiscuous, unprotected sex. Then they don’t seek treatment as promptly as whites do. Much of the teen cases are probably diagnosed during pregnancy exams.

  • Anonymous

    Reply to kahane at #9:

    A fair question. I have no studies or facts to draw upon, but my first thought would be that STD’s among gay groups would most likely also show a similar pattern based on race.

  • Detroit WASP

    Hate to sound like a broken record but….

    Connect the dots

    70% of black children are born out of wedlock today. In 1960 25% were out of wedlock

    http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4865449

    so,

    75% of black males drop out of high school in Detroit.

    Detroit News, 2010

    http://www.grpundit.com/2007/06/12/detroit-schools-75-dropout-rate/

    so,

    71% of high school dropouts come from fatherless homes. (Source: National Principals Association Report on the State of High Schools.)

    so

    85% of youths in prisons grew up in fatherless homes (Source: Fulton Co. Georgia jail populations, Texas Dept. of Corrections 1992)

    and

    AIDS is now the #1 killer of African-American women between the ages of 25 and 34

    http://www.thebody.com/content/art45915.html

    and

    48% of US black women have herpes

    http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSN0923528620100309

  • Anonymous

    These acts of personal irresponsibility are emblematic. The dependent class has gotten to the point where it can’t or won’t take care of their own personal hygiene even when the consequences are dire. Similar charts for the distribution by race/ethnicity exist for HIV/AIDS.

    These voluntary behavioral group differences have implications for policy. STDs are a matter of intimate behavior with a person of one’s choosing, and are outside many of society’s influences. Thus the claims of institutional racism don’t apply.

    There are 4 factors for the disparate incidences of chlamydia between cohorts; per capita frequency of sex, sex with multiple partners, unprotected sex, and not getting it treated (treatment is free in most community hospitals). A fifth, education, I assume is essentially the same among all groups. The disparity is without racism, the graph is quite telling.

  • Anonymous

    Take a good look at that chart. Study it carefully. Blacks are in a class by themselves when it comes to STD’s. All the other groups added together are lower then the black figure. It is not a difference of degree. It is a difference in kind.

  • Anonymous

    #3 and #4

    Is the immediate issue more IQ than race–with due respect that an attribute of IQ is time-preference / the insight level that facilitates balancing pleasures with likely consequences? What’s happening in “our” sexual hedonistic utopia on the LEFT half of White Bell Curve MAY BE not all that different from some of the observations here about Blacks? If so, it’s an irony of our time that leftists on campus are promulgating standards of self indulgence that are devastating to those less fortunate than

    themselves.

  • Anonymous

    The Roosevelt administration’s syphilis research originally did not intend to focus on blacks. It was black doctors and nurses at Tuskegee Institute who lobbied Eleanor Roosevelt to set up one of the many syphilis research studies at Tuskegee. The Tuskegee doctors and nurses lobbied on the grounds that blacks had a syphilis rate 5 times higher than Whites.

    This was in the early 1930’s.

  • Jack

    I am white. When I was 17 in 1973, a white older man who was my mentor on the weekends, proclaimed that sex with a black woman would be an excellent sexual, wonderful, erotic experience.

    Even then, I just did not find black women attractive. I still do not find black women attractive. Even if sexually tranmitted diseases did not exist, I still would not want sex with a black woman.

    And yet there is a saying that goes “Once you try black, you’ll never go back.”

    In reality, where I live in Philadelphia, if I did date black women, there is a high risk that racist angry blacks would attack me screaming “Hey whitey, don’t mess with our women!”

  • Sureesh

    About comment #17, I know a dark skinned Asian Indian female who was dining with a platonic male friend. A gang of angry blacks mistook her for a “sista” and attacked the white man for dating a ‘black woman’ (she was the daughter of Indian immigrants and had an IQ of 150 and was still a virgin at the age of 24 but all those blacks saw was her dark skin and assume that she was “a fellow m*********a crackhead w***e”).

    The poor white man had to go to the hospital and now this sweet, docile Indian female felt so guilty about having the same dark skin as Blacks, that she committed suicide several days afterwards just because her skin color provoked those Black thugs to attack a white acquaintance of hers.

  • Mr.White

    18 — Sureesh wrote at 2:59 PM on September 18:

    “About comment #17, I know a dark skinned Asian Indian female who was dining with a platonic male friend. A gang of angry blacks mistook her for a “sista” and attacked the white man for dating a ‘black woman’ (she was the daughter of Indian immigrants and had an IQ of 150 and was still a virgin at the age of 24 but all those blacks saw was her dark skin and assume that she was “a fellow m*********a crackhead w***e”).

    The poor white man had to go to the hospital and now this sweet, docile Indian female felt so guilty about having the same dark skin as Blacks, that she committed suicide several days afterwards just because her skin color provoked those Black thugs to attack a white acquaintance of hers.”

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    That’s quite a story Sureesh. Yet another example as to why whites should not even associates with non-whites in public, as they have no control over the volatile, animalistic actions of non-whites who misinterpret the relationship/situation. Why take the chance?

    BTW… Is the white guy ok?

  • Anonymous

    The black preachers and politicians are jumping on the bandwagon.

    I wonder how many millions of dollars of tax payer’s money is going into this latest boondoggle.

    Officials, churches join fight against sexual diseases

    Unusual partnership targets chlamydia and gonorrhea in Los Angeles County, which has one of the highest rates in the nation, especially in Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas’ district.

    A home-testing kit for sexually transmitted diseases is seen at a news conference Monday to announce a Los Angeles County program to provide young women in South Los Angeles with these kits. Los Angeles County has the highest number of chlamydia cases and the second-highest number of gonorrhea cases in the country. (Reed Saxon / Associated Press / September 19, 2011)

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    Opinion: STDs: How to fight frighteningly high rates of infection

    By Anna Gorman, Los Angeles Times

    September 20, 2011

    Moving to combat rising rates of gonorrhea and chlamydia among young black women in South Los Angeles, county officials launched a new education and testing campaign Monday with some unlikely partners: churches.

    Pastors and “first ladies” from churches throughout the region are joining an effort to raise awareness of the sexually transmitted diseases and publicize a home testing program.

    “Nobody wants to talk about it,” said Debra Williams, whose husband is the pastor at McCoy Memorial Baptist Church. “We need to change that.”

    The campaign, led by Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas and Department of Public Health Director Dr. Jonathan Fielding, will increase access to free tests and information through three touch-screen computer kiosks and a mobile health van. Health officials also plan to expand patient follow-up at clinics and prevention education at schools.

    Officials announced details of the program to school officials, church leaders, public health workers and reporters Monday at the new King Center for Public Health in Willowbrook.

    Los Angeles County ranks first in the nation for the numbers of chlamydia cases and second for gonorrhea cases, according to a 2009 report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Last year, more than 45,400 chlamydia cases and 10,400 gonorrhea cases were reported in Los Angeles County, according to the county Department of Public Health.

    The number of residents with both diseases is disproportionately higher in the 2nd Supervisorial District, which includes South Los Angeles and two dozen other communities, according to the county Department of Public Health. The rates are also much higher for black females ages 15 to 24 than any other population, according to the department.

    The diseases, which can cause infertility and dangerous pregnancy complications, are often detected late because many of those affected don’t have recognizable symptoms. The CDC recommends yearly screening for sexually active women ages 25 and younger.

    Women will be able to order home testing kits online or through kiosks to be placed initially in pharmacies in the 2nd Supervisorial District and added later at community centers and schools. Peer counselors and outreach workers also will have hand-held tablets and be able to register women for the tests and distribute them on the spot. The test takes less than a minute and women can get their results by logging onto the website or calling a toll-free number.

    Ridley-Thomas said local data on the diseases is alarming and the involvement of the churches is “unprecedented.”

    “This is probably the first time you have pastors and first ladies coming forward to address an issue that heretofore has been considered taboo,” he said.

  • Anonymous

    Here is a little something about black pathology. Note how few black men meet the absolute minimum criteria for even 1 date let alone marriage.

    Black media outlet: Only 3 good black men for every 100 black women.

    Finding a “Good” black man for a black woman to date is “extremely slim.” Only 3 out of 100 black men meet the most basic requirements.

    They define “good” as:

    High School Diploma, employed with a modest income,

    has never been to jail or prison,

    no illegitimate kids,

    not aggressively pursuing white women.

    (The percentage of successful black men who aggressively pursue white women and shun black women has become very scandalous and a major source of tension in the black media.)