We shared an overview of the CDC’s 2013 findings on STDs in the United States, but when it comes to sexual health, it’s important you know the specifics about your region.
The CDC has also released a list of the top 25 states in terms of STD rates. Here’s a summary of what you should know about the rankings, starting with the Northeast part of the US and moving Westward
States With the Highest STD Rates
When it comes to STD rates, the Northeast, defined as Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Vermont, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, and Maryland, has 3 out of 11 states in the top 25: Delaware, New York, and Maryland.
Delaware is closest to the top of US states in terms of STD rates, with a rate of 725.7/100,000 people, putting them at #5. New York checks in at #15; its STD rate is 598.8/100,000 people. Maryland is #21, with a rate of 563.6/100,000 people.
8 out of 12 of the states in the Southeast cracked the top 25 of STD rates — a dubious distinction. Louisiana is the runner-up at #2, with a high rate of 822.1/100,000 people. Alabama is #3, with 788.5/100,000 people; Mississippi, #4, with 758.4/100,000 people; South Carolina #6, at 699.8/100,000; Georgina #8, 668.8/100,000; Arkansas #9, 665.7/100,000; North Carolina #10, 640.7/100,000; and Tennessee #16, 587.9/100,000.
All 4 of the Southwestern United States made the top 25 list for STD rates. New Mexico was closest to the top at #7 (683/100,000 people), with Texas next up at #11 (633.8/100,000). Oklahoma wasn’t far behind at #13 (621.2 cases per 100,000 people), and Arizona rounded things up at #19 (568.6/100,000).
For a region with so many states, the West did an impressive job of keeping STD rates out of the top 25. Only California (#22, with 549.5 cases per 100,000 people) and Nevada (#24, 532.8/100,000) made the list.
Both of our non-contiguous states bookend the top 25 of STD rates, with Alaska checking in at #1 (946.7 cases per 100,000 people) and Hawaii at #25 (531.8/100,000).
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