Monday, November 16, 2009

STDs Continued Record Increase in 2008

Time magazine's news article "STDs Continued Record Increase in 2008" (November 16th 2008) neglects to mention a mitigating factor in its article on the rise of sexual spread diseases.

Sexually spread diseases continue to rise, with reported chlamydia cases setting yet another record in 2008, government health officials said Monday.

Specifically, that the cost of being infected by sexually transmitted diseases like chlamydia has gone down, as new, better vaccines and treatments have been advanced. A more appropriate measure would be a "quality-adjusted" sexually transmitted disease increase--society may have more AIDs cases than it did in 1990, but those with AIDs are certainly better off than their predecessors.

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