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Media Goes Mad Over Facebook Link To Sex Disease

Facebook logoHave you seen all the tabloid headlines linking the rise of Facebook with increased rates of syphilis? The British newspapers, especially, have had a field day tying social media use with sexually transmitted diseases. Some perspective from Gawker:

Syphilis cases are up fourfold in parts of Britain where Facebook is most popular. Mere coincidence? The Telegraph newspaper thinks not, after consulting an expert.

The director of pubic health in Teeside, who is also some kind of professor, tells the paper, “several of the [Teeside infected] people had met sexual partners through these sites…. social networking sites are making it easier for people to meet up for casual sex.” Case closed. Log off of Facebook before the social networking site literally infects you directly. (Also, between this and Facebook’s teen-sex fight with the Daily Mail, the company needs to hire some British flacks, already.)

A Facebook spokesman writes us:

While it makes for interesting headlines, the assertions made in newspaper reports that Facebook is responsible for the transmission of STDs are ridiculous, exaggerate the comments made by the professor, and ignore the difference between correlation and causation.

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United States Has Highest Rates of Sex Diseases In Developed World

Maggie Fox reports on the continuing spread of sexually transmitted diseases in the United States for Reuters:

American squeamishness about talking about sex has helped keep common sexually transmitted infections far too common, especially among vulnerable teens, U.S. researchers reported Monday.

Latest statistics on chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis show the three highly treatable infections continue to spread in the United States.

“Chlamydia and gonorrhea are stable at unacceptably high levels and syphilis is resurgent after almost being eliminated,” said John Douglas, director of the division of sexually transmitted diseases at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“We have among the highest rates of STDs of any developed country in the world,” Douglas added in a telephone interview…

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