Talk:Pelvic inflammatory disease
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The math doesn't add up (and neither do the references)
"In the United States, more than 200 million women are affected by PID each year, and the rate is highest with teenagers. Over 100,000 women become infertile in the US each year from PID."
"A single episode of PID results in infertility in 13% of women."
Ok, firstly, the population of the United States is around 300 million. About half of that population is female, so there are about 150 million women in the United States. Saying that "more than 200 million women are affected by PID each year" is false because there are fewer than 200 million women in the United States. If that figure is right, it should at least be changed to say "there are more than 200 million cases of PID every year."
Also, if there are 200 million cases of PID every year, then 13% of that is 26 million. However, the article says "Over 100,000 women become infertile in the US each year from PID". Well, 26 million is 260 times as much as 100,000. So, there are two possible solutions here; for every woman who is rendered infertile from PID, there are 259 women who have already been rendered infertile by PID and got another infection, or the 200 million figure is way too high. Now, according to the 2nd reference:
"Each year in the United States, it is estimated that more than 1 million women experience an episode of acute PID."
It does say acute PID, however, the 1 million figure is referenced and seems more accurate than 200 million. As such, I'm changing the article to match with this reference. --220.127.116.11 (talk) 04:16, 7 December 2008 (UTC)
- Agreed. These numbers are impossible, even before the advent of antibiotics. I would have calculated it differently, but the article or its source is clearly adding on some zeros. I move to delete these calculations. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 18.104.22.168 (talk) 02:00, 19 March 2010 (UTC) — Preceding unsigned comment added by 22.214.171.124 (talk)