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Wow, if the university studies confirming the consequences of Sex and the City weren’t persuasive enough, a new study shows the more than one-fourth of New Yorkers have the herpes virus.

The report notes, “26 percent of city residents have the virus that causes genital herpes, an incurable sexually-transmitted infection that can cause painful genital sores and can double a person’s risk for HIV.”

The rates of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis are also higher in NYC than national averages.

SITC‘s relationship columnist and anthropologist, Carrie Bradshaw, should be writing about this!