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Student, Like, Really Concerned About These Herpes Statistics

Student, Like, Really Concerned About These Herpes Statistics

HUGHES AUDITORIUM – M1 student Grant Laske was shocked last week during a Science in Medicine lecture on herpesviruses. “It was early in the morning, so I wasn’t paying 100% attention yet,” said Laske, “but, I’m pretty sure I heard the lecturer say something like 90% of people are infected with herpes.”

“That number is just, like, unacceptable,” Laske added.

Since the lecture, Laske has been trying to get to the bottom of this shocking statistic. He reports he spent most of the PBL session immediately following the lecture looking up the rates of herpesvirus infection on his phone. But Laske says he has been having difficulty interpreting the information he is finding.

“I just wish I’d been paying more attention in MDM, you know?” said Laske. “I can’t remember whether the lecturer was telling us prevalence of the disease or incidence. And frankly I don’t know the difference between those two things anyways.”

Laske’s friend Karen Wentley says she saw Laske in Galter Library this weekend reading Clinical Epidemiology by Fletcher and Fletcher and muttering to himself about alpha levels.

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