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Why Do More Black Babies Have Syphilis?

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New research from the Centers for Disease Control has brought to light a staggering discrepancy between the number of Black babies being born with syphilis vs. White and Hispanic babies. Why do more Black babies have the STD?

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As reported inEssence, the CDC has found that nearly 50 percent of the congenital syphilis cases reported in 2008 occurred in infants born to Black mothers in the South. Thirty-one percent were in infants born to Hispanic mothers, and just 15 percent were in babies born to White moms. Infection is especially high among babies whose mothers didn't receive prenatal care.

Syphilis -- a.k.a. Treponema pallidum -- is caused by a bacteria spread by sexual contact. If left untreated, this disease can damage the heart, brain, eyes and bones -- and can even be fatal. The good news is, once it's diagnosed, syphilis can easily be treated with antibiotics.

Learn more about the effect this disease has had on the Black community at Essence.com.


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Annoyed April 21, 2010, 5:19 PM

Thank you for updating your article with less derogatory information. The previous post was just disgusting. This is still a mess.. “just 15% are whites”??? 15% is still a lot.. maybe the word “staggering” will be more appropriate. Or maybe, in fairness, you should remove the word “just” all together and take your opinion out of the article. What percent are Asian? I assume far less that 15%.

fashion October 1, 2010, 4:49 AM

As a member in the fashion marketplace, I salute you. I’m currently working on a forum to house all industry professionals under one roof and to provide an area where we can grow together. Again, thank you for writing this write-up.


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