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Facebook usage linked to Syphilis

Postby eoinzy » Tue Mar 30, 2010 1:58 pm

A British public health expert has blamed Facebook for a resurgence of the sexually-transmitted disease syphilis, but Australian STI researchers have called the claim "far fetched".

Data published by several British newspapers this week indicated that cases of syphilis had increased fourfold in Sunderland, Durham and Teesside - the areas of Britain where Facebook is most popular.

Professor Peter Kelly, director of public health in Teesside, told The Sun newspaper that "social networking sites are making it easier for people to meet up for casual sex".

"I don't get the names of people affected, just figures, and I saw that several of the people had met sexual partners through these sites," he said.

But Shailendra Sawleshwarkar, a research fellow in the University of Sydney's STI research centre at Westmead Hospital, said the same could be said about any communications technology - even the telephone - and instead of blaming social networking sites we should harness them to spread preventative messages.

"It's allowing people to meet more frequently, now that doesn't actually directly mean that it's going to increase the rates of syphilis but it does mean that there's more chance for people to meet and have sex," he said in a phone interview.

"At the moment it seems really far-fetched to link them [Facebook and syphilis] together without looking at the actual behaviour of the people involved. You need to not use a condom to spread these infections, so it boils down to the basic message that's not getting across."

Dr Sawleshwarkar cited figures from the National Centre in HIV Epidemiology & Clinical Research showing the rate of diagnosis of infectious syphilis in Australia increased by 37 per cent in younger people (15-19) and 70 per cent in those aged 20-29 between 2004 and 2008.

But he said the rate of infections reached a peak in 2007, and declined in 2008. Figures for last year are not due out until July.

Dr Sawleshwarkar said technologies such as social networking sites and text messaging were increasingly being used by health bodies in Australia to spread information about various sexually transmitted infections and how to prevent them.

"I think use of a condom is more important, no matter what means of communication you use [to find sex]."

Facebook said in a statement that the reports of the syphilis link are "ridiculous" and "ignore the difference between correlation and causation".

"As Facebook's more than 400 million users know, our website is not a place to meet people for casual sex - it's a place for friends, family and coworkers to connect and share," the company said.

Separately, this week Facebook expanded its "gross national happiness index" (GNHI) to Australia. The index attempts to measure how happy Facebook users are based on the number of positive and negative words in their status updates.

Australia's GNHI was lowest on February 13 2008, the day Prime Minister Kevin Rudd apologised in Parliament to indigenous Australians. This is largely due to the large number of status updates that contained the word "sorry".

Predictably, the index found Australians are happiest on Christmas, New Year's Eve and Valentine's Day, while Friday, Saturday and Sunday are the happiest days of the week.

"Australians, even more so than Americans and Canadians, are much happier on Mother's Day than on Father's Day and they express more positive thoughts on Friday and the weekends than during the week," Facebook said.

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Re: Facebook usage linked to Syphilis

Postby amsroks » Tue Mar 30, 2010 9:25 pm

Who on earth came up with that combination for a study?! Idiot!!
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Re: Facebook usage linked to Syphilis

Postby eoinzy » Thu Apr 01, 2010 10:27 am

well i reckon you're just jealous that you didnt think of it first!!

Maybe you can come up with something yourself, maybe a study of how people from Cork are more lilely to believe in space aliens, or that the moon landing was faked! I heard a few years ago that there was a study as to why weetabix went soggy after a while. the results were "coz the milk made them!". :roll:
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Re: Facebook usage linked to Syphilis

Postby amsroks » Fri Apr 02, 2010 10:08 pm

A more realistic one would be that Facebook usage is inversely proportional to your college exam results!!!
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Re: Facebook usage linked to Syphilis

Postby dingo » Sun Apr 04, 2010 10:29 pm

or how about the number of photographs you take on a night out is directly proportional to the amount of time you use Facebook in an average day!
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