Treatable STD Scarier Than Fatal Flu, Study Finds

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Registered: 08-24-2009
Treatable STD Scarier Than Fatal Flu, Study Finds
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Tue, 02-14-2012 - 10:02am

Passing someone a sexually transmitted infection is viewed as worse than giving them the flu — even if the flu turns out to be fatal, a new study finds.

The research points to an "irrational" stigma of sexually transmitted diseases, according to study researcher Amy Moors, a graduate student in psychology at the University of Michigan. Infections such as the flu, no matter how deadly, simply don't garner the same disgust.

Read more at LiveScience.com




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Fascinating! After watching Downton Abbey this past week and seeing the devastation of the Spanish flu epidenmic in 1919 (even if it was dramatized) really brought home to me the fears of another influenza epidemic. A lot more likely to affect me that STDs, I suspect! And a lot harder to treat, being viral and all...

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Registered: 08-24-2009

I agree with you, Carol. It is rather short-sighted to fear an easily treated STD more than a potentially fatal flu.

Off topic, but since you mentioned it, I love Downton Abbey!