I find it highly ironic that this story is appearing in a conservative religious website, because much of this enormous spread of venereal disease is arising because the Theocratic Right has done everything it can to stop useful sex education in the U.S. leaving teens, particularly teens in Red value states, completely unprepared to practice safe sex. Not surprisingly, the incidence of unintended pregnancies and STDs in those states are much higher than in Blue value states.
CDC: 110,197,000 Venereal Infections in U.S.; Nation Creating New STIs Faster Than New Jobs or College Grads
TERENCE P. JEFFREY – CNS News
Phi Beta Iota: Although sex-education is certainly important, the failure to properly educate youth (or allow them access to contraceptives and testing) must be seen as half the problem. The other half ofthe proplem is an extraordinarily corrupt US medical industry that focuses exclusively on full cost medical and pharmaceutical interventions, most fraudulent, while the government ignores all aspects of healthy lifestyle, healthy environment, and natural or alternative cures. In a voodoo economy, venereal disease is a form of just desserts.
Peter Abrahams et al (2003). Atlas of Sexually Transmitted Diseases and AIDS, 3e. Mosby
Laurie Garrett (2001). Betrayal of Trust: The Collapse of Global Public Health. Hyperion.