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Thursday, March 28, 2013

One Third of the Population

In the late ‘50s and early ’60 approximately 80% of Americans voluntarily went to a designated location and swallowed a vaccine soaked sugar cube on 3 consecutive Sundays.  The result is that polio in the US was virtually eradicated due to the Sabin Oral Sundays (SOS) initiative.

In 2008, according to the CDC, approximately 110,197,000 people in the US had sexually transmitted infections (STI).  That is 1/3 of the population!  Admittedly a few STIs are not curable and some require long term treatment, however many of them are indeed curable with a single treatment.

If everyone with, say, gonorrhea were treated on three consecutive Sundays wouldn’t the disease be eradicated?

Questions – Would an SOS type initiative be appropriate to address STIs?

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