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New study shows herpes cases declining

Houston Chronicle
Aug. 22, 2006

By Carla K. Johnson

Nearly 25 years after a news magazine declared that an epidemic of genital herpes threatened to undo the sexual revolution, a new study finds an encouraging decline in the percentage of people infected with the herpes virus. Dr. Kenneth Fife of the Indiana University School of Medicine, who was not involved in the study, noted that rates of infection are still disproportionately high among women and blacks. The study found 42 percent of blacks tested positive for herpes type 2, a decline of only 4 percent since 1994. "Maybe we've finally gotten through to the young people that they need to change their behavior," Fife said. "We still see plenty of genital herpes. There are adolescents who are becoming infected."

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