Posted by Ryan Morgan on August 29, 2013 at 9:47 AM
If you live around Columbia, your Facebook newsfeed is probably like mine this morning: littered with Gamecocks, garnet and black, and small children dressed in Carolina football jerseys or cheerleading outfits.
Your office might even be filled with adorably coordinated people like this:
Given all this energy, I think it’s high time for me to weigh in on who will win the game tonight: South Carolina or North Carolina.
I’m sorry to say, it’s going to be North Carolina.
Don’t hate the messenger, I’m just using an unproven method that I made up last night over a couple of beers.
Here's the method: each week I’ll randomly select a sexual health outcome and compare the two representative states. The state with the best health outcomes will be my pick.
This week’s predictor is estimated rates of AIDS diagnoses
As you’ll see in this chart
compiled by The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, North Carolina takes a commanding lead with 11.8 estimated cases per 100,000 adults and adolescents compared to South Carolina’s 16.4.
We can do better South Carolina.
Listen, if I’m wrong, I’ll revise my method, but it looks to me like North Carolina has the edge in this game of sexual health.