October 12, 2014 6:00 pm -

chlamidia-map-large[su_right_ad]While ratings-driven cable “news” and conspiracy-obsessed Net nuts freak out over Ebola, there’s a bigger health problem confronting the public, according to’s Bahar Gholipour:

Sexually transmitted diseases are one major group of diseases that make for ongoing hidden epidemics: In the United States alone, there are nearly 20 million cases of new sexually transmitted infections yearly, from just eight viruses and bacteria, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Perhaps 20 million new cases sounds like a high number. But because infections can persist for a long time, especially in people who aren’t aware they are infected, the number of existing infections at any given time is even higher, at 110 million, according to CDC researchers.

[su_r_sky_ad]And most Americans are unaware of the most prevalent cooties:

The eight most common STDs in the U.S. are chlamydia, gonorrhea, hepatitis B virus (HBV), (genital) herpes, HIV, human papillomavirus (HPV), syphilis and trichomoniasis. About 50.5 million of these current infections are in men, and 59.5 million are in women, according to the CDC’s 2013 report, in which the researchers looked at 2008 data.

D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

31 responses to Ebola, Schmebola: Here’s The Outbreak The Media Refuses To Report

  1. tracey marie October 12th, 2014 at 6:02 pm

    but but benghaziirskenyaebola!

  2. tiredoftea October 12th, 2014 at 6:05 pm

    So, yet another thing that doesn’t pray away.

  3. Anomaly 100 October 12th, 2014 at 6:06 pm

    And sex-ed is forbidden by Republicans because derp.

    • tiredoftea October 12th, 2014 at 6:07 pm

      Only because you can’t get these things when you are married! See Mr. Robertson for corroboration.

      • Tommy6860 October 12th, 2014 at 6:24 pm

        Because real marriage has a way to shut that whole thing down 😛

        • Larry Schmitt October 12th, 2014 at 6:26 pm

          Oh, you mean a legitimate marriage.

          • M D Reese October 12th, 2014 at 7:16 pm

            Yes–unlike all those false-flag marriages like the Palins and Bachmanns…

          • uzza October 12th, 2014 at 7:28 pm

            Mr. Ben Ghazi and Ms. Tara Wrist were joined today in holy opposite marriage with the honorable E. Bola officiating. Ben and Tara plan to drive the new Ford STD they received as a wedding gift to their honeymoon on Bullshit Mountain, where they expect to lie happily ever after.

        • Candide Thirtythree October 12th, 2014 at 6:39 pm

          OMG! You guys are sooooo funny! You make the comments so much better than the news.

          • Larry Schmitt October 12th, 2014 at 7:22 pm

            More truth too.

        • M D Reese October 12th, 2014 at 7:15 pm

          And don’t forget the aspirin…

      • Obewon October 12th, 2014 at 8:40 pm

        Robertson touted biblical sex channel ‘God TV’ In Shambles After Founder Leaves Wife For Mistress, Abandons Network, Hikes Appalachian Trail!

      • ChrisVosburg October 13th, 2014 at 8:05 pm

        Apparently, you need to leave the bible belt as well (see map above).

    • edmeyer_able October 12th, 2014 at 8:09 pm

      • Anomaly 100 October 12th, 2014 at 8:32 pm

        There it is!

  4. edmeyer_able October 12th, 2014 at 6:14 pm

    Kinda makes you wonder about the “subway serial dater”

    • Candide Thirtythree October 12th, 2014 at 6:40 pm

      IKR? That was the story I read right before this one.

    • Carla Akins October 12th, 2014 at 7:02 pm

      On the cup half full side of it, I think many of those “dates” might be in his head. His actual head.

    • fancypants October 13th, 2014 at 2:43 am

      on 2nd thought I was wondering how many rejections or slaps to the face he got ? Maybe he’s on a first name basis with the nyc police too

  5. Tommy6860 October 12th, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    Well, not only sexually transmitted diseases, but what is also lost in the news are the deaths of those from the Enterovirus D68. It is very contagious, yet the hate on Obama regarding Ebola means more than saving lives from another serious disease, and it is more easily transmittable.

    I am surprised that this hasn’t been blamed on Obama yet. Oh wait, they already do that as well!

    • Carla Akins October 12th, 2014 at 6:58 pm

      or the flu.

    • Kingminnie October 12th, 2014 at 11:15 pm

      But the enterovirus only affects kids so far, and they don’t have big bank accounts. I agree, though, there needs to be much more reporting on this so people can be made aware of the symptoms to look for. I’ve seen it reported but it’s just a 15 second blip on the news.

  6. majii October 12th, 2014 at 7:10 pm

    Infected with an STD, remaining silent about it and spreading it to others is preferable here in GA to providing any real sex education materials to our population to prevent anyone from becoming infected in the first place, because, you know, GA is a conservative state, and if people don’t talk about certain things or address them, it means the issue doesn’t exist or isn’t “that” important.

  7. shpilk October 12th, 2014 at 7:13 pm

    23,000 Americans DIE every year from antibiotic resistant bacteria, most of it acquired nosocomially [from a hospital or clinic]. 2M are sickened, some having long lasting debilitating symptoms than last years/decades.

    Almost all of these are preventable – Scandinavia (which does not allow drug companies and testing labs to control their legislatures) has reduced the rates of antibiotic resistant strains dramatically. Lower death rates, better patient outcomes AND lower costs.
    (That’s that Damned Socialist Medicine for ya!)

    • M D Reese October 12th, 2014 at 7:18 pm

      Our healthcare industry is about making money on people’s misfortunes, not in actually healing them or keeping them healthy.

      • fredoandme October 13th, 2014 at 9:43 am


    • Larry Schmitt October 12th, 2014 at 7:47 pm

      We don’t allow just the drug companies to run the government, anyone with a billion or two in cold hard cash is more than welcome to have a turn at the reins.

  8. Obewon October 12th, 2014 at 8:13 pm

    Another great reason for 2014’s ACA free annual HC screenings, diagnosis and treatment!

    Before ObamaCare in 2008 half of all US Adults had one of 8 most common STDs in the U.S. chlamydia, gonorrhea, hepatitis B virus (HBV), (genital) herpes, HIV, human papillomavirus (HPV), syphilis and trichomoniasis. Anti-government, anti-education science deniers are the greatest STD infected demographic.

  9. rg9rts October 13th, 2014 at 3:36 am

    stop screwing

  10. R.J. Carter October 14th, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    That would make such a pretty baby name.

  11. crc3 October 14th, 2014 at 7:02 pm

    Should make anyone on the dating front (be they married or not married) think twice about having sex with a stranger. Oh wait…even those you think you know can have an STD. We’re all literally screwed….