BEIJING, June 12 (Xinhuanet) -- A quarter of adults living in New York City are infected with the genital herpes virus, according to media reports Thursday.
A study conducted by New York City Department of Health also reveals that the disease is far more common among African-Americans, nearing 49 percent on average, and the infection rates are higher in women than men.
"Genital herpes alone will not cause serious problems for most people, but some people will have painful genital sores, and the infection fosters the spread of HIV," said Julia Schillinger, director of surveillance for the Health Department's Bureau of Sexually Transmitted Disease Prevention and Control.
The findings have prompted a new push by health workers to encourage safe sex, with free condoms on offer.
For years, the city has been the grand central station of promiscuity, causing serious social and health problems.