More funny that the grant mentioned in this article was awarded last June (2008 ). Under Bush's HHS Department.
But I digress. Maybe here's one reason why you might study this: The research age group was 18-24. Studies have shown
that the direct medical costs of treating men in the 18-24 age group for STDs are approximately $6.5 billion. Using simple math & the assumption that about 30% of all adults are uninsured, one might conclude that using this research to affect a 0.016% drop in STD cases would effectively pay for the research. I mean, we're going to bear that cost through either taxpayer funded programs like Medicaid or increases in our premiums from unpaid medical care, right?
Not to mention a slight reduction in unintended pregnancies, which also cost taxpayers money.
Now if you want to talk about waste of taxpayer money, we could start with missile defense programs. Using a correlative analogy, that would be like giving a teenager a condom that effectively stops pregnancies 50% of the time. And that condom costs you, Mr. Taxpayer, say, $25,000 dollars. And it'll be ready to use when he turns 50 years old. Yay!