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Chlamydia, Gonorrhea Strikes Up to 20 Percent of Black Women; Higher STD Rates for Everyone Found by CDC


About 10 percent of black women were reported to have chlamydia in 2007, but officials believe that only represents about half of the actual cases among that demographic group.

The data comes from a new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that also showed about six percent of black women were reported to have gonorrhea in 2007.

Astonishing racial discrepancies were found for both men and women among America's minority populations, and for women in general.


Officials think some of the differences arise because people from lower socioeconomic groups don't typically have access to routine, high-quality medical care.

Earlier CDC reports show the same large disparity among blacks -- little seems to be changing.

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Ray Stern has worked as a newspaper reporter in Arizona for more than two decades. He's won numerous awards for his reporting, including the Arizona Press Club's Don Bolles Award for Investigative Journalism.