15 Cities With the Worst Herpes Rates in the U.S.



These grotesque pictures should be enough motivation to practice safe sex. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) just released their findings of the top 15 cities with the worst herpes rates in the nation.











Furthermore, the CDC also says that the five cities with the most herpes cases also have as high as a 40 percent infection rate for sexually active young people. Not surprisingly, the District of Columbia, which has higher rates of HIV/AIDS infections than many sub-Saharan African nations, ranks very high on the list.

So, the next time you want to go buck wild, you might want to refer back to these photos and see how the disease can deform your body and remember to wrap it up.

Click below to view the 15 cities with the worst herpes rates in the U.S.

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  1. This is an eye opener to everybody…its ashame that people are walking around carrying dieases that they can not get rid of…people need to be really careful of who they sleep with nowadays

  2. I hate articles like these. So many people live with this disease and it’s because of ignorant articles like this that misinformation is spread.Using the word “devastating” in and of itself is so misleading. Yes you live with it for the rest of your life but it is far from devastating. At most it’s an annoying skin condition (a lot of the other complications are extremely rare and all the photos from these medical book sensationalize what it actually looks like).Yes people should protect themselves, but a person can be a carrier for years, get married and have sex with their spouse and pass it on.At any rate, there are a lot of people out there who pass it on b/c of articles like this that make people who do live with it seem like lepers. Then people are afraid to tell a significant other b/c they don’t want to be looked negatively. For the record I do live with it (since 2007), I’m very honest and up front about it and I have found that more people are understanding than you’d realize. I personally contracted it from an angry bastard who made it his duty to spread it around since he was mad about having it. That is why I always make sure I educate a potential partner b/c I wasn’t granted the courtesy. Some felt they couldn’t get down with it and that was okay. I’ve also had guys who were understanding (I was actually in a relationship for 3 years and my partner knew about it, we protected ourselves, and he never contracted it). People need to become more educated about herpes instead of being pumped with all the fear-mongering bullshit articles like this spread.


    1. Wow, BeforeYouJudge. Thank you so much for sharing your story. Trust and believe I was not trying to put on a scare campaign, although I’ve found during my journalism career that the public does not respond to simple pleas and admonishments. That is one of the things that actually perplexes me about us Americans is that we have to be titillated to be entertained and scared into action, or in this case, prevention. Perhaps “devastating” is a strong word for this article and, you are right, you can live a normal fulfilling life with this. I know a female who has it and she is mostly fine as far as I can see. 

    2. Beforeyoujudge, you do not have to live with it anymore, look up I eradicated herpes a man named Bervin Jackson will tell you how you can rid yourself of the herpes parasite and the virus that hosts it. don’t listen to what these American doctors say.

    3. Thank you so much for this. I just found out today that I had it and it’s from a girl who lied about having it. And we even used protection! But I’ve been kind of in and out of depression over it and this comment has helped me ALOT. Thank you.

  3. Stay protected under the greatest protection there is… God is the only one that can keep u from all hurt, harm, and danger.. If you walk upright you will not have to be concerned with those kinds of things because you are covered by the Prescious Blood of Jesus!!!

  4. This is a surprise! I told a business acquaintance in Atlanta that D.C. was not no.1. His reply was: slim i done lived in ATL all my life n NO1 Gives A FUCC ABOUT DC Yall Niggas Get No Love Or Respect Out Hereniggas rep da BLUFF hard as fuk all yall dc gots is crack hed niggas ATL REPRASENT!!!

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  6. The first image is definitely someone with chlamydia, not herpes, and I doubt the second image is herpes either. No, it was never explicitly stated that they were examples of herpes, but it is clearly implied for the purpose of making herpes seem as horrific as possible. Whoever put this article together is stupid, at best.

  7. Yes wear protection but seriously those pictures are not herpes. Herpes is also transmittable even with condoms because it’s really a skin condition than an STD. Also a large percentage (can’t remember the number exactly) of adults have HSV2 (genital herpes) and don’t even know it and already something like 30% of the population in the US has it but is probably much higher because some people never exhibit signs or if they do they would never recognize it as herpes. And something like 90% (no joke look it up) of adults have HSV 1 (oral herpes). Articles like this are so misleading…

  8. I was tested positive for herpes type 2 around 7 years back, when I was in college and had a stupid one-night stand. I suppose a lot of girls will say this but I swear I never did that sort of thing. I jud made mistake that one time and, suddenly, it looked like I was going to have to live with the problem for the rest of my life.

    The awful part was thinking I could never date guys again. After all, who wants to date a girl who has sores around her you-know-what?

    But after a good friend showed me this video https://tr.im/HERPESTreatment24p2 , everything has changed. Not only was I able to eliminate all traces of the herpes virus from my body in less than 20 days, but I was also able to start dating again. I even met my soul mate and I’m so blessed to write that just last week, in front of everyone in a restaurant, he got down on one knee and proposed to me!! This program offered me the chance to be happy again, and to experience true love.

  9. Get BLOOD tested. Pap smear and culture swabs are not hiv/herpes testing. You need to test the blood in order to see if the person carries the heroes virus. Stay woke and get tested.

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  11. FYI: Oral herpes (usually HSV-1) has just as many if not more negative health implications over genital herpes (usually HSV-2). You can get either type, 1 or 2 orally or genitally.
    I’ve seen these types of tactics thinking they will scare people into wearing condoms
    but it’s bunk science and reporting. These photos are almost certainly other diseases. These people may have HSV 1 or 2 but you can be sure they have a compromised immunity and most likely more than one disease. Genital herpes usually starts with a mild itching like a mosquito bite and then turns a bit reddish with a little swelling about 5mm (that’s millimeters = approximately 1/4 inch) around the area that is itchy (usually from scratching or agitating the area). Then it will show up as four or five small water blisters. Each one is the size of a pin head or pen dot on a page only several of them grouped together in an area about the size of a dime. It can be more or less severe but mostly just uncomfortable. There are many medications on the market, both prescription and over the counter that will alleviate any discomfort and the symptoms usually reside, heal and disappear within three weeks.
    That’s why it’s easily spread. Do you think the people in these pictures are actually able to have sex? I suppose anything is possible. Most of the time herpes is contracted before the infected person realizes they are having a breakout or having sex too soon after their breakout before it’s had time to fully heal. There is a lot of talk about non symptomatic shedding but It’s my guess that is the result of people lying to their doctors, partners or themselves. People who have herpes (especially if they’ve had it for any length of time) know when they are about to have a breakout. There are also virus suppressing medications that can lessen the severity or number of outbreaks for people who experience them more than once or twice a year.
    It is virtually the same virus that you see when people have cold sores on their mouths but there are differences. One of them is HSV-1 (usually oral herpes) tends to look much worse and hurt far
    more than HSV-2 (usually genital). There is a greater risk of secondary infection because people touch their faces far more than their genitals and different types of foods can cause great discomfort (acidic or hot foods).
    You should always wear a condom when engaging in genital sex. You should also not kiss anyone who has oral herpes. If you are going to get more serious in your relationship (it’s always a good idea to get serious before you engage in close activities like sex anyway) but if you do it
    the other way around and you want to get married and/or have children at some point get a blood test. There is a list of diseases that anybody could have and not even know it. There are precautions you can take to keep yourself safe, healthy and stay with that person you care so much for.
    I contracted HSV-2 back in 1986 from my girlfriend at the time. Someone even warned me that she had herpes but I couldn’t believe anyone would knowingly pass a virus on to someone else. For some reason I didn’t even think to ask her. I thought it was rumor. I should have been wearing a condom but it was a different time and there was a lot of ignorance surrounding sexually transmitted disease. There was also a lot of neglect when it came to admitting to yourself that you may have contracted an STD. Also a lot of doctors in those days were uneducated about new diseases. I had a doctor tell me I had a mild yeast infection and gave me a script for some medicated cream. Wow! It worked! Within two weeks it was completely gone. When it came back six months later I still had most of the cream and low and behold… it worked again! Get a second opinion. Find out what strain of the disease you have. Some respond to different medication better than others. It is not a death sentence. Consider yourself lucky that a skin condition, though it be a contagious one, is all you contracted.
    If you find out you are dating someone with herpes meaning they have the decency of telling you before you have sex, it’s up to you whether you want to continue your relationship with that person. Not your friends. Remember, if they had the decency and bravery to tell you about their affliction, even at the risk of losing you, they just may be the trustworthy type of person you’ve always been
    looking for. It’s your choice. Most of all educate yourself and stay (play) as safe as you can.

  12. You can get herpes through oral sex, like I did. And I guarantee ALL of you people who are judging and calling this disgusting have engaged in oral sex. Also, someone can be an asymptomatic carrier of herpes and never know they have it. 20% of the adult population has HSV2, whereas 50-90% of the WORLD has HSV1 (the type I have, but I happen to have it genitally.) Unless you make every new partner get tested BEFORE engaging in ANY type of sex, you are at risk for herpes. And condoms only have a 30% protection rate against herpes. It is not disgusting, it is a minor skin condition at worst. Educate yourselves and open your minds people. Herpes is not a consequence, it is inevitable.

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