The larger problem though is the deflection of the real story in STDs.
The alternative to sober, constructive constitutional action is denial, deflection, and death.
Over the past couple of years, as the new reality has settled in, there was a great deal of denial and deflection.
also (and with more etymological propriety) deflexion, c.1600, from Latin deflexionem, noun of action from past participle stem of deflectere (see deflect). Both forms were present 17c., but the spelling with -c- has come to predominate.
deflection de·flec·tion (dĭ-flěk'shən)
A turning aside or deviation.
The deviation of an indicator in a measuring instrument, such as an electrocardiograph, from zero or from its normal position.