Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Truly scary numbers

There is an article on CNN's website entitled "Rising STD rate sparks online dating sites." As I read the article the fact that niche dating services had developed for people infected with herpes did not surprise me. First, the Internet allows for niche connections in all sorts of ways and second, if one was infected it would seem logical to try and connect with others in the same condition as despite the television commercials for herpes medication, I suspect the most people without the disease would be hesitant to enter into an intimate relationship with someone who had it. I can remember 25 years ago when herpes was terrifying to many people but since the arrival of HIV/AIDs, it is not as scary. What I found scary in the article were the numbers, according to the CDC, one in four women and one in five men are infected with genital herpes.

Like I needed another reason to be worried about dating.


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