NEW YORK POST – The US is in the midst of an “out of control” STD epidemic, with cases of syphilis, gonorrhea and chlamydia on the rise nationwide.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says gonorrhea cases spiked by 28% across the country in 2021, while total syphilis cases soared by a staggering 74%.
However, not all American areas are experiencing the same rates of infection, with a new data breakdown by US News & World Report revealing the 10 states with the highest sexually transmitted disease rates.
The publication compiled the list after looking at cumulative cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis per 100,000 residents — and it’s not good news for those living in the South.
Seven of the 10 states with the highest rates were located below the Mason-Dixon line, including North Carolina, which clocked in 10th, with a total STD rate of 922.2 per 100,000 residents.
New Mexico was ninth with an infection rate of 925.9 per 100,000 people, while Arkansas was eighth.
Georgia was in seventh spot, according to the analysis, with rates of chlamydia particularly pronounced in the Peach State.
There, chlamydia infection rates were 629.1 per 100,000 residents — far higher than other states which had more STD cases overall …
10 states with the highest STD rates
- South Carolina
- South Dakota
- New Mexico
- North Carolina