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Recently MMA fighter Joel Bauman attributed a couple of outbreaks of the herpes virus for his loss. In February, Bauman competed on FAC 12: Lookin’ for a Fight, where he submitted in two rounds by recent UFC debutant Josh Fremd. Bauman stated,

“Last fight I was tired, I was exhausted. I’m about to launch this NFT that’s going to change the fight game. And I put in 30 all-nighters before that fight. I had herpes before that fight; two outbreaks in the span of a week. I’m here, I’m healthy, let’s go, whatever. It doesn’t matter. I’ll fight”

The admission was shocking but honest. His revelation of having a sexually transmitted infection, has gone viral on social media.

Doctors have discovered eight different herpes viruses which infect humans. After the initial infection, they settle down and stay relatively dormant within the body — but the virus never goes away completely. Dr. David Jayne, the Medical Director of advised, “Unprotected sex is dangerous and people need to know if they have been exposed to prevent more severe health problems.” There is no cure for herpes.

Which Cities Have The Highest Infection Rate Of The STI?

New Orleans may be the famous home of Mardi Gras, but a new study finds it’s also the new home of genital herpes.

New Orleans had the highest prevalence of genital herpes cases in a study of more than 130,000 Americans in over 30 U.S. cities. More than one in five people tested in New Orleans had the herpes virus. That’s above the national average of 15.7 percent. Three years ago, researchers say that 13% of New Orleans residents had the virus but now that number has since jumped up to 57%.

Finishing the list of the top five metro cities with the highest rate of herpes are Salt Lake City (19.2%), Cincinnati (19.1%), Charlotte (19%), and Orlando (19%).

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Does Indianapolis Have A Herpes Problem?

According to, 17.5% of Indianapolis adults have herpes. Nationally, Indianapolis ranked 17th in the country for herpes. This is higher than the national average.

  1. New Orleans-Metairie, La. (20.4%)
  2. Salt Lake City, Utah (19.2%)
  3. Cincinnati, Ohio (19.1%)
  4. Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, N.C. (19.0%)
  5. Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, Fla. (19.0%)
  6. San Francisco-Oakland-Berkeley, Calif. (18.9%)
  7. Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, Nev. (18.7%)
  8. St. Louis, Mo. (18.3%)
  9. Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, Ore. (18.1%)
  10. Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas (18.0%)
  11. New York-Newark-Jersey City, N.Y.-N.J. (18.0%)
  12. Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, Ill. (18.0%)
  13. Raleigh-Cary, N.C. (17.9%)
  14. San Diego-Chula Vista-Carlsbad, Calif. (17.8%)
  15. Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, Calif. (17.7%)
  16. Washington D.C.-Arlington-Alexandria, Va. (17.6%)
  17. Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, Ind. (17.5%)
  18. Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, Colo. (17.4%)
  19. Oklahoma City, Okla. (17.4%)
  20. Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, Pa.-N.J.-Del. (17.4%)
  21. Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, Minn. (17.4%)
  22. Jacksonville, Fla. (17.3%)
  23. Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, Texas (17.1%)
  24. Sacramento-Roseville-Folsom, Calif. (16.9%)
  25. Columbus, Ohio (16.9%)
  26. Boston-Cambridge-Newton, Mass. (16.9%)
  27. Phoenix-Mesa-Chandler, Ariz. (16.9%)
  28. San Antonio-New Braunfels, Texas (16.6%)
  29. Milwaukee-Waukesha, Wis. (16.5%)
  30. Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, Wash. (16.5%)
  31. Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Alpharetta, Ga. (16.1%)
  32. Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, Md. (16.0%)
  33. Kansas City, Mo. (15.7%)
  34. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, Calif. (15.4%)