Do you know which are the states with the highest STD rates in the US in 2018? Well, it is about time you learn about them, as this is the rising issue not just in America, but other parts of the world as well.
Sex is fun and interesting practice, let’s put it like that. However, it can have its negative sides, as well. Yes, you guessed it, the STDs or the Sexually Transmitted Diseases. I think that sexually active people are well aware of their existence, but the question is, do they protect themselves enough? Quite often, condoms are not enough protection. I am not saying that you should take pills and in the same time sleep with condoms (let’s not exaggerate), but, I have an urge to strongly emphasize in this article, the importance of doing regular gynecologist or urologist check-ups.
Why do I think this is so important? Firstly, by doing it, you will be sure that you are healthy. Moreover, unnecessary worrying will be gone. Easy as that! Secondly, I am not sure if you are aware of the percentage of the STDs around us. We all think it is not so possible to happen to us, but if we look at the statistics, we will realize that not only it is very present, but the rates of the three most common STDs are also increasing. According to the Vox, gonorrhea increased by 18.5 percent, syphilis by 17.6 percent, and chlamydia by 4.7 percent between 2015 and 2016 in America.
So, now you probably wonder what state has the highest STD rate? Just wait a bit longer, the results are in the text below. But, what we can tell you right away is that some of the states with lowest STD rates in the US are New Hampshire, West Virginia, Vermont and Utah, to mention a few. Moreover, if you are interested in most sexually diseased cities in America, we advise you to read about it in our previous article – 25 Cities with the Highest STD Rates in America. Furthermore, to cover the topic completely, you can also give a glance at the 10 Colleges with the Highest STD Rates in America. Maybe you will think twice when going on a vacation in one of these cities or when it comes to deciding which college to apply for!
In a lack of data for this year, we had to use the most recent ones. So, we consulted the Sexually Transmitted Diseases Report for the year 2016 published by Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention, as the most relevant source. However, just in case, we searched for more available suggestions online, so we checked websites such as the US news, Civilized Life and STD Aware, to see if we can find the STD rates by state ranking for the last year. It turned out that the list of states with highest STD rates in 2017 was pretty much the same as the list made according to the STD rates by state in 2016. As the STD Report is an official document, we decided to use their results in order to create our list. So, we checked the chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis rates in the states ranked highest in the report, and calculated the average. For the reference’s sake, we used the list for the primary and secondary syphilis. The ranking goes from the state with the lowest STD rates per 100,000 people, to the state with the highest rates on the top of the list. Some would think Florida has the highest STD rates because of all the parties. However, that is not the case – we claim, Florida is not the most sexually diseased state. It is not even on the list!
In order to find out which one is, here it is – the list of states with the highest STD rates in the US in 2018!
Chlamydia Rate: 520.4 per 100,000 people
Gonorrhea Rate: 154.6 per 100, 000 people
Syphilis Rate: 7.1 per 100, 000 people
Texas has been on the lists of the states with the highest STD rates since forever! When we compare it to the Report from the year 2015, we could see that only chlamydia rates have decreased, while gonorrhea and syphilis rates got higher.
Chlamydia Rate: 520.9 per 100,000 people
Gonorrhea Rate: 176.4 per 100,000 people
Syphilis Rate: 6.2 per 100,000 people
Even though Ohio doesn’t has “alarmingly high” rates of primary and secondary syphilis, on the other hand, its chlamydia rates are on a very high and disturbing level. This indicates that centers for prevention and control of these diseases are essential.
13. New York
Chlamydia Rate: 552.8 per 100,000 people
Gonorrhea Rate: 146.5 per 100, 000 people
Syphilis Rate: 12.4 per 100, 000 people
The 13th place on our list of states with the highest STD rates in the US in 2018 is New York. Not just that its chlamydia and gonorrhea rates are high, but the percent of syphilis is shocking, as well. In comparison with the previous Report from 2015, the number of STD cases has increased.
Chlamydia Rate: 553.6 per 100,000 people
Gonorrhea Rate: 173.0 per 100, 000 people
Syphilis Rate: 7.7 per 100, 000 people
In comparison to the year 2015, Alabama is in even greater danger considering the STD rates. Unfortunately, the rates continue to rise rapidly. Therefore, Alabama is in need for some changes in prevention and control of the STDs.
Chlamydia Rate: 561.4 per 100,000 people
Gonorrhea Rate: 164.8 per 100, 000 people
Syphilis Rate: 9.8 per 100, 000 people
During past decade, Illinois has been on the highest positions in STD rankings. Even now, when we compare the results of research conducted in 2015, we could see that all of the above mentioned STD rates have increased. For example, syphilis rate back then was 8.4.
And now, let’s see the top 10 states with the highest STD rates in the US in 2018 according to STD statistics.
Chlamydia Rate: 548.4 per 100,000 people
Gonorrhea Rate: 193.6 per 100, 000 people
Syphilis Rate: 6.7 per 100, 000 people
Similar as for the Illinois and New York, the STD rates have increased drastically since the year 2015. For example, gonorrhea rate was 168.7 per 100,000 people in 2015, while the syphilis rate was just 5.4. Look at the results now!
Chlamydia Rate: 567.2 per 100,000 people
Gonorrhea Rate: 179.9 per 100, 000 people
Syphilis Rate: 6.1 per 100, 000 people
On the 9th place of the states with the highest STD rates in the US in 2018 is Delaware. Even though the syphilis rate is not among the highest ones, its chlamydia rate is very high on the scale.
Chlamydia Rate: 562.0 per 100,000 people
Gonorrhea Rate: 192.5 per 100, 000 people
Syphilis Rate: 5.0 per 100, 000 people
If we look at the syphilis rate for Arkansas, we would probably make a wrong conclusion that STD rates are not that high in this country. That is precisely why we put all three of the most common ones so that you can be aware of it.
7. South Carolina
Chlamydia Rate: 575.5 per 100,000 people
Gonorrhea Rate: 187.8 per 100, 000 people
Syphilis Rate: 6.5 per 100, 000 people
Even though the South Carolina took big steps in order to fight with the STDs, the situation has not changed much. What’s more, the rates have increased since the year 2015. For example, syphilis rate back then was 6.1.
6. North Carolina
Chlamydia Rate: 577.6 per 100,000 people
Gonorrhea Rate: 196.0 per 100, 000 people
Syphilis Rate: 10.8 per 100, 000 people
North Carolina is the only state on our list of states with the highest STD rates in the US in 2018, where the STD rates have decreased, in comparison to the year of 2015. Well done, North Carolina! On the other hand, one of the cities in this country has also been marked as one of the cities with the highest rates of STDs. Heard about Fayetteville?
5. New Mexico
Chlamydia Rate: 628.6 per 100,000 people
Gonorrhea Rate: 168.6 per 100, 000 people
Syphilis Rate: 9.1 per 100, 000 people
New Mexico has very high rates of first and secondary stage syphilis. As you can see by yourselves, the situation is not much better when it comes to the other STDs.
Chlamydia Rate: 614.6 per 100,000 people
Gonorrhea Rate: 201.2 per 100, 000 people
Syphilis Rate: 13.2 per 100, 000 people
Who would think that Georgia is among the states with the highest STD rates in the US in 2018? Well, it’s true. Just look at the statistics. It has one of the highest syphilis rates on the entire list! Also, gonorrhea rate is not far behind.
Chlamydia Rate: 672.1 per 100,000 people
Gonorrhea Rate: 239.2 per 100, 000 people
Syphilis Rate: 10.9 per 100, 000 people
The STD rates in Mississippi have significantly increased in comparison to the Report from 2015. Back then, the chlamydia rate was 580.2, gonorrhea rate was 192.9, while syphilis rate was 7.3 per 100, 000 people.
Chlamydia Rate: 679.3 per 100,000 people
Gonorrhea Rate: 230.8 per 100, 000 people
Syphilis Rate: 16.1 per 100, 000 people
In 2015, Louisiana was on the top of the list with highest STD rates in the US. Now, those rates are even higher, but some other state has overcome it. Eager to know which one? Click on the Next.
Chlamydia Rate: 771.6 per 100,000 people
Gonorrhea Rate: 196.9 per 100, 000 people
Syphilis Rate: 1.1 per 100, 000 people
Finally, on the top of our list of the states with the highest STD rates in the US in 2018 is Alaska! Did you even assume that? Even though its syphilis rate is very low, it’s in the first place on our list because of the extremely high chlamydia rate.