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QuickStats: Percentage of Adults Aged 20--29 Years with Genital Herpes* Infection, by Race/Ethnicity --- National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, United States, 1988--1994, 1999--2002, and 2003--2006

The percentage of adults aged 20--29 years with genital herpes infection decreased from 17% during 1988--1994 to 
10% during 2003--2006, below the Healthy People 
2010 target of 14% (objective 25-4). Rates of genital herpes infection 
among non-Hispanic blacks were significantly higher than rates among non-Hispanic whites and Mexican Americans.

* As determined by herpes simplex virus, type 2 (HSV-2) antibody.

For all years, the categories black and white include persons who reported only one racial group and exclude persons of Hispanic ethnicity. Persons of Mexican-American ethnicity might be of any race.

§ 95% confidence interval.

The percentage of adults aged 20--29 years with genital herpes infection decreased from 17% during 1988--1994 to 10% during 2003--2006, below the Healthy People 2010 target of 14% (objective 25-4). Rates of genital herpes infection among non-Hispanic blacks were significantly higher than rates among non-Hispanic whites and Mexican Americans.

SOURCES: National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 1988--2006. Available at http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nhanes.htm.

Healthy People 2010 database. Available at http://wonder.cdc.gov/data2010.

Xu F, Sternberg MR, Kottiri BJ, et al. Trends in herpes simplex virus type 1 and type 2 seroprevalence in the United States. JAMA 2006;296:964--73.

US Department of Health and Human Services. Healthy People 2010. 2nd ed. With understanding and improving health and objectives for improving health. 2 vols. Washington, DC: US Government Printing Office; 2000. Available at http://www.health.gov/healthypeople.

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