Public Health: VD Detectives

PUBLIC HEALTH

Venereal disease in the U.S. is in creasing at a runaway rate, especially in the high school and college age brackets. Of the two principal diseases, gonorrhea is more "catching," and therefore far more common, with 300,000 new cases reported annually, as against 20,000 for syphilis. The U.S. Public Health Service believes that the true figures, withheld because of embarrassment or ignorance, are closer to 1,200,000 and 300,000. The problem is not the cure; though some strains of both the syphilis and gonorrhea germs are resistant to penicillin, there is still no venereal disease that cannot be cured in...

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