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Most people are aware of the dangers of HIV. But after the recent death of Moesha Star Yvette Wilson, there has been an increased awareness of the dangers of HPV, the virus which causes cervical cancer. What’s even more frightening is that men are dying from the disease as well, due to head and neck cancers that can be caused by unprotected oral s*x. s****l health is more complex than just knowing your partner’s HIV status, and it’s time for our community to have a more thoughtful conversation on the matter.
According to new research black women have more trouble than white women in clearing the Human Papillomavirus (HPV), which causes cervical cancer. Black women are two times more likely to die from this cancer. It turns out that genetics, not the accessibility of screening and follow-up health care options, is the reason why black women are 40 percent more likely to develop cervical cancer.