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This same logic must be applied to all programs we embrace. If so, the benefits we would gain from our augmented program for Disease A would be x, but the benefits we would lose would be y. How many of the positive tests are new cases? Sexually transmitted disease STD control programs must decide whether to provide more resources to our syphilis control program or to the gonorrhea control program.
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