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Facebook Cures Syphilis

by | 24th, March 2010

TODAY’S media scare story is that FACEBOOK spreads syphilis ”. The mouse, right? Or that button that says if you’ve got an SDT is not working?

Cases of syphilis are on the up

Between 2000 and 2007, diagnoses of infectious syphilis in women rose by 474%
(from 78 to 448).

But how much of that is due to better reporting and Facebook?

The Sun has news front-page news:

CASES of syphilis have increased four-fold in Britain’s Facebook capital as users meet up for unprotected sex, it was revealed yesterday.

Britain’s Facebook capital is Teeside less a capital than a zone.

Professor Peter Kelly, director of Public Health for NHS Tees, said: “There has been a four-fold increase in the number of syphilis cases detected, with more young women being affected.”

What are the facts?

Prof Kelly said: “I don’t get the names of people affected, just figures. And I saw that several of the people had met sexual partners through these sites.”

How many people is several? What per cent of the total? We’re not told. Although the paper says that Health Protection Agency figures revealed there were 4,000 cases nationwide last year. And on Teeside there were…30 cases.

But rest assured that the true figure is likely to be higher ”.

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