Sexually Transmitted Diseases and Fiscal Reality

A few days ago, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released a fact sheet that should have shocked this nation, but it didn't.  Among other things, the report revealed that there were more than 110,000,000 sexually transmitted disease (STD) infections in America in 2008.  It's difficult to say what percent of our population is infected because many people have more than one STD.  The fact sheet also said that there were 20,000,000 new cases of STDs reported in 2008.  That statistic dwarfs the number of new jobs being created by our economy annually even now -- five years later.  The medical cost associated with STDs was a staggering $16 billion in 2010 dollars. According to the fact sheet, CDC's new estimates were developed using the best available data. The estimates are based on national surveys, nationally notifiable disease case reports, and data from special projects. The primary data source used to estimate the number of most prevalent...(Read Full Post)