One of my favorite blogs (Sugar & Spice) has done a few posts recently on dating & STD’s (I’m happy that I am married & not out there).

The posts/perspectives are great but even better is the dialogue that has followed. My repost of “Sex, Disease & Negroes” & the discussion going on @ Sugar & Spice collectively is reason enough to masturbate to keep your ass out of the free clinic & doped up on Valtrex, Penicillin, Protease Inhibitors & anything else.

If you listen to News & Notes on NPR, you no doubt have heard the great discussions over the last month dealing with sex & sexuality in the Black community. If you have not, check out this link to a few of the sex topics http://tinyurl.com/2hb2f. Suite Suzy & I have listened to a few together & they are eye opening, straight up & on point. The story I like most was on the Sex Industry & how Blacks factor (or) not in it.

Lastly, have you had an STD or have one that is a lifetime commitment? I will go will go 1st, I had Chlamydia in my late teens & got it from my girlfirend at the time. I actually had it for so long that when I fond out that I had it, the dr told me that I may never have kids.

Speaking Openly,
Bygbaby
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Sex, Disease & Negroes (originally posted 12/01/06)

Bygbaby.com MindspillThere are a lot of stupid people Black people out there who are just not getting the message that safe sex is the best sex if you choose to have sex. Excluding HIV/AIDS there are some many diseases out there that are hideous that can impact your life like Herpes, HPV, and Hepatitis: I refer to these as life long friends.

Then you have your run of the mill STD such as Chlamydia, Gonorrhea & Syphilis, which I consider friends for the moment but with possible life time effects.

The focus in the media is always on HIV/AIDS so you only here about high infection rates of other STD’s if the numbers are simply off the charts or if young white children/teens/adults have high numbers.

People just seem to not get it when it comes to protecting yourself from disease & equally as important, unwanted pregnancies. I wonder what it will take to make mutha fuckas realize?.?.?

For the sake of a short post, I am only focusing on the temporary friends mentioned. So here goes.

Chlamydia – 13,632 per 100,000 Black Americans ages 10-29 contracted Chlamydia during 2005. In comparison to other racial groups Blacks have the highest rate of infection (over eight times higher than that of whites), a sad fact on all counts. Infection rates bulleted are per 100,000 population (Source | CDC)

  • Ages 10-14: 246.0 (What the fuck/where are the parents when that are getting busy)
  • Ages 15-16: 5,502.6 (What the fuck/didn’t they see the video in sex ed)
  • Ages 20-24: 5,360.0
  • Ages 25-29: 2,524.0

The state of Michigan reported 38,730 cases of Chlamydia ranking in 10th place for 2005. Detroit’s Chlamydia rate is the highest among the nation’s cities, according to the latest federal data; state statistics show about 42 percent of Detroit’s 2005 cases in people 19 years old or younger.

Gonorrhea – 6120 per 100,000 Black Americans ages 10-29 contracted Gonorrhea during 2005. Gonorrhea rates dropped 17.8% from 2004 for Blacks but does this mean that we are finally starting to get the picture? Blacks again take the prize for the most number of overall infections and were 18 times higher that whites. Infection rates bulleted are per 100,000 population (Source | CDC)

  • Ages 10-14: 93.5 (What the fuck/where are the parents when they are getting busy)
  • Ages 15-16: 2,106.3 (What the fuck/didn’t they see the video in sex ed)
  • Ages 20-24: 2,452.9
  • Ages 25-29: 1,467.5

The state of Michigan reported 17,684 cases of Gonorrhea ranking in 8th place for 2005. The Detroit area contributed 10,766 of all reported cases in Michigan

Syphilis – 9.8 per 100,000 Black Americans ages 10-29 contracted Syphilis during 2005. Syphilis rates increased by 11.4% from 2004 for Blacks; just think about all of that discharge collectively (yuck). Blacks again have the most number of overall infections and were 5 times higher that whites. Infection rates bulleted are per 100,000 population (Source | CDC)

  • Ages 10-14: 0.8 (Again what the fuck/where are the parents when they are getting busy)
  • Ages 15-16: 9.7
  • Ages 20-24: 22.0
  • Ages 25-29: 23.5

The state of Michigan only reported 105 cases of Syphilis ranking in 35th place for 2005. The Detroit area contributed 77 of all reported cases in Michigan. I had to read that like 3 times to be sure I was on the right set of facts.
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Back to me:

As a parent & concerned citizen, I believe that sex/safe sex education starts at home. Of course parents cannot be with their children 100% of the time but we need to communicate the dangers of sex. I guess not really to scare them but to let them know that there is more to life & sex should be the last thing on their mind while equipping them with facts & having an open mind to answer their questions without hesitation.

I am a strong advocate of sex education at home, in school & church. I also support prevention methods such as abstinence, masturbation (at an appropriate age, which is subjective), healthy discussion, extra curricular activities and the threat of certain death to name a few.

My children are pretty young & I am dreading the day when that talk will need to be had, but I am ready for the challenge to ensure better outcomes for their health and well being.

For more information on STD’s visit:

Centers for Disease Control CDC
The American Social Health Association
(ASHA)
Afraid to ask
Urology Channel
Just Say Yes
Advocates for Youth