Race Matters: Black Women Are More Likely To Be Screened For STDs In Emergency Rooms

- By Bossip Staff

According to new research Black women are being tested more for sexually transmitted diseases than women of other races:

When young women visit the emergency room complaining of symptoms that mirror those of a sexually transmitted disease, many aren’t tested for a possible infection — unless the young woman happens to be African-American, that is, provocative new research shows. Uninsured young women often rely on emergency rooms as their main source of medical care, and missing an STD diagnosis could have severe consequences for them and their sexual partners, say doctors who conducted two separate studies recently presented at a meeting of the Pediatric Academic Societies. Untreated conditions such as chlamydia can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease and infertility, as well as undermine public health efforts.

However, young African-American women and girls who show up in the ER are far more likely to have their sexual histories taken and to be tested for STDs than young Caucasian women and girls, researchers say. (Researchers did not specifically study rates of STD testing in Hispanic or Asian young women.)

Dr. Carolyn K. Holland, a pediatric emergency room specialist at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, studied the hospital’s records of 293 patients aged 13 to 21 with abdominal, urinary or gynecological symptoms that could indicate an STD. The records, from 2010, revealed that 71.3 percent of young black women were tested, compared to only 18.6 percent of young Caucasian women.

Overall, young black women had a 2.6 times greater chance of having their sexual history documented on medical records. Of those who said they were sexually active, 87 percent were tested for STDs, but only 58 percent of young Caucasian women who said they had sex were tested. Even young black women who said they did not have sex were tested, and at far higher rates than whites: 30 percent compared to 2 percent.

The disparities are “troubling,” Holland told msnbc.com. Any bias, even if unconscious — in this case, the presumption that young black women are more promiscuous than whites or more likely to lie about sex — can cause doctors to miss a diagnosis. “Everybody should have their sexual history collected,” Holland said. “My practice now is that if you are sexually active and come in with a complaint — urinary, vaginal — yes, I am testing you.”

In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that sexually active young people be tested for STDs every six months.
Yet, Holland said, “many do not have primary care doctors; an ER visit might be the only time they can get tested.”



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  • yaya

    Test 100% of black women since they all so dang loose and dumb!!!

    • DaHonestTruth ~ Always Keepin it Real

      It’s a shame the blak man would rather just carry it around and p@ss it on than to even think of seeking treatment! Maybe thats why he spreads more disease than any other race of person, PERIOD, in this country..

  • JM@gic

    So with all the black men dating white women,black women still find time to get STDS,maybe black women should tell few straight or DL black men to wrap it up instead of trying to get pregnant

  • WithAllHonesty

    This article study is garbage. Cincinnati? Really? That city is so poor and busted. The living conditions and life style don’t apply to all Black women. And 293 “randomly” selected patients? That number is so small, it doesn’t represent all of Cincinnati yet alone Black women in the U.S.

    Be safe and analyze what you read.

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  • j-byrd

    That’s fine with me…why wouldn’t anyone want to find out….blk,mex, white….std’s and aids do not discriminate…so this race thing is not a factor besides…what about all the other diseases that other cultures can not fight off due to their recessive genes versus black people…..anything can be one-sided but one thing i do know is that many have tried to kill us off but our bodies are strong….take that you dirty rat…

  • fjh

    Why didn’t you guys do studies on other races? WTF. Black and white aren’t the whole races that matter.

    Plus, white girls are hoes too. This article is basically telling you nappy headed chickens to CLOSE YOU”RE LEGS!!!

    HAHAH! I’m on nobodys side.
    Because STDS DO NOT discriminate. SMH!!!!!!

    • rose by any other name 350 8914 ™

      Thank you!!! like these stupid idiots believe that crap.. how the h3ll a STD or HIV gonna discriminate and say ok, i will just infect black folks… and with all this interacial sexing… how the h33 you gonna say black people.. i think what ever they got they got it from a crakka.. ha! black men need to leave white women alone!

  • http://Bossip.com Nene87

    We are in revelations. Why wouldnt you want to be tested even though all races should be tested and treated.

  • ~ChynaPeach~

    Great! Now they can say that when 9 black women were positive for it and one wasnt, that 9 out of 10 black women have stds. Which is 90% guys! Studies mean nothing when it is controlled and manipulated to what they want to show the people.

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    LMAO…thats a funny story XD

  • wise_one

    Hillarious. And then next week fauxssip is going to have another article encouraging se.x without the use of a condom. They’ll state something like “research shows that black women who let random multiple men s.keet off in them have longer hair and healthier skin”. What a loud of BS fauxssip!

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  • http://www.twitter.com/biscuitmd denne

    OMG did y’all even read the article?? SMH Half of you missed the point completely… Even if it is a small sample size the bias still remains. All sexually active young people should be getting tested, not just minorities. Physician bias is skewing the numbers and making it LOOK like blacks have higher STD infection rates when that may not be the case, but we wouldn’t know because the groups aren’t being screened equally.

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