STUDY: Open and Honest Dialogue About Safe Sex Crucial To Lowering STD Rates Amongst Black Youth

A recent report from the University of Oregon suggests that open and honest dialogue about sex and STDs is crucial to lowering the rates of STDs amongst black youth.

While condom availability and usage is crucial to fighting infection rates, simply conversing with young people about these issues (with accurate information) would make a huge difference.

We need to arm them with the information they need to make better choices.

CDC Report: Blacks Hit w/ STDs at Higher Rate Than Whites

According to a new report from the CDC, Black people (particularly young Black people) and Hispanics contract sexually transmitted diseases at a much higher rate than whites.

While America is plagued by STDs at an alarming rate in general (19 million people, to be specific), Black people are grossly overrepresented in these statistics.

Young Black men are particularly at risk, dominating data related to syphilis, chlamydia and gonorrhea. Socioeconomic disadvantages like financial constraints and an inability to access adequate health care are likely to blame.

From The Root:

WORLD AIDS DAY: Reflections and Memories

In honor of World AIDS Day 2009, I want to open up a conversation/discussion about sex.

luvboo2 Sex makes me nervous! I get nervous both before and after sex. I am nervous because in my head I picture this spinning chart of numbers and statistics that makes me realize that sex is the ultimate Russian roulette. You pull the trigger you get a risk-free nut; you pull the trigger again and you get a parting gift.    

 After having sex, I hate the immediate realization that I am at risk for a slew of different diseases: Herpes, Gonorrhea, Chlamydia, HPV and HIV are just a few of the “gifts that keep on giving,” especially for us black folk.  After that thought come the charts and statistics: