Which Cities Have The Highest STD Infection Rates?

When it comes to sexual education, the US ranks behind a lot of other developed nations. The Guttmacher Institute released a report last year, saying that the rate of abortion and teen pregnancy in the US rank among the highest in the developed world.

The lack of quality sex education in the United States helps explains why the number of STD patients has increased at a rapid pace recently. Despite numerous studies that question the wisdom of abstinence-only education, many cities and states in the US still focus on or exclusively teach abstinence rather than comprehensive sexual education. Keeping this in mind can add some context to the alarming recent STD rate increases in the United States (which is one of the main reasons why getting tested for STDs regularly is critically important for your health).

STD Rates Across the Country

Using gonorrhea and chlamydia infection rate statistics, Health Grove compiled the most recent data to see which cities have the highest rates of sexually transmitted diseases. This post will start from the city that is ranked number 30 and count down towards the city with the most STDs.

No. 30: San Juan, New Mexico

Population in the area is 128,476 people

Calculated Gonorrhea Rate: 59 in 100,000 people

Calculated Chlamydia Rate: 760 in 100,000 people

No. 29: Anchorage, Alaska

Population in the area is 295,237 people

Calculated Gonorrhea Rate: 79 in 100,000 people

Calculated Chlamydia Rate: 810 in 100,000 people

No. 28: San Francisco, California

Population in the area is 817,501 people

Calculated Gonorrhea Rate: 301 in 100,000 people

Calculated Chlamydia Rate: 591 in 100,000 people

No. 27: Essex, New Jersey

Population in the area is 785,853 people

Calculated Gonorrhea Rate: 247 in 100,000 people

Calculated Chlamydia Rate: 665 in 100,000 people

No. 26: Jefferson, Kentucky

 Population in the area is 746,580 people

Calculated Gonorrhea Rate: 237 in 100,000 people

Calculated Chlamydia Rate: 676 in 100,000 people

No. 25: Wyandotte, Kansas

Population in the area is 158,348 people

Calculated Gonorrhea Rate: 209 in 100,000 people

Calculated Chlamydia Rate: 740 in 100,000 people

No. 24: Suffolk, Massachusetts

Population in the area is 735,701 people

Calculated Gonorrhea Rate: 142 in 100,000 people

Calculated Chlamydia Rate: 817 in 100,000 people

No. 23: Comanche, Oklahoma

Population in the area is 124,591 people

Calculated Gonorrhea Rate: 214 in 100,000 people

Calculated Chlamydia Rate: 776 in 100,000 people

No. 22: Denver, Colorado

Population in the area is 619,297 people

Calculated Gonorrhea Rate: 172 in 100,000 people

Calculated Chlamydia Rate: 862 in 100,000 people

No. 21: Navajo, Arizona

Population in the area is 107,326 people

Calculated Gonorrhea Rate: 175 in 100,000 people

Calculated Chlamydia Rate: 847 in 100,000 people

Read more about the dramatic increase in STD cases in Arizona during 2017 or find testing centers in the Phoenix, Arizona area.

No. 20: Pulaski, Arkansas

Population in the area is 386,106 people

Calculated Gonorrhea Rate: 284 in 100,000 people

Calculated Chlamydia Rate: 801 in 100,000 people

No. 19: Richland, South Carolina

Population in the area is 389,708 people

Calculated Gonorrhea Rate: 236 in 100,000 people

Calculated Chlamydia Rate: 845 in 100,000 people

No. 18: Leon, Florida

Population in the area is 278,624 people

Calculated Gonorrhea Rate: 189 in 100,000 people

Calculated Chlamydia Rate: 903 in 100,000 people

No. 17: Hamilton, Ohio

Population in the area is 802,481 people

Calculated Gonorrhea Rate: 295 in 100,000 people

Calculated Chlamydia Rate: 820 in 100,000 people

No. 16: Peoria, Illinois

Population in the area is 187,117 people

Calculated Gonorrhea Rate: 336 in 100,000 people

Calculated Chlamydia Rate: 824 in 100,000 people

No. 15: Wayne, Michigan

Population in the area is 1,804,506 people

Calculated Gonorrhea Rate: 369 in 100,000 people

Calculated Chlamydia Rate: 978 in 100,000 people

No. 14: Bibb, Georgia

Population in the area is 155,524 people

Calculated Gonorrhea Rate: 431 in 100,000 people

Calculated Chlamydia Rate: 894 in 100,000 people

No. 13: Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Population in the area is 950.527 people

Calculated Gonorrhea Rate: 329 in 100,000 people

Calculated Chlamydia Rate: 1,054 in 100,000 people

No. 12: Shelby, Tennessee

Population in the area is 932,919 people

Calculated Gonorrhea Rate: 390 in 100,000 people

Calculated Chlamydia Rate: 1,053 in 100,000 people

No. 11: Marion, Indiana

 Population in the area is 912,242 people

Calculated Gonorrhea Rate: 360 in 100,000 people

Calculated Chlamydia Rate: 1,100 in 100,000 people

No. 10: Bronx, New York

Population in the area is 1,397,315 people

Calculated Gonorrhea Rate: 257 in 100,000 people

Calculated Chlamydia Rate: 1,209 in 100,000 people

No. 9: Cumberland, North Carolina

Population in the area is 322,033 people

Calculated Gonorrhea Rate: 361 in 100,000 people

Calculated Chlamydia Rate: 1,107 in 100,000 people

No. 8: Baltimore, Maryland

Population in the area is 621,445 people

Calculated Gonorrhea Rate: 313 in 100,000 people

Calculated Chlamydia Rate: 1,242 in 100,000 people

No. 7: Orleans Parish, Los Angeles

Population in the area is 357,013 people

Calculated Gonorrhea Rate: 388 in 100,000 people

Calculated Chlamydia Rate: 1,162 in 100,000 people

No. 6: Bell, Texas

 Population in the area is 316,144 people

Calculated Gonorrhea Rate: 348 in 100,000 people

Calculated Chlamydia Rate: 1,237 in 100,000 people

No. 5: Richmond, Virginia

 Population in the area is 207,878 people

Calculated Gonorrhea Rate: 360 in 100,000 people

Calculated Chlamydia Rate: 1,311 in 100,000 people

No. 4: Hinds, Mississippi

Population in the area is 246,300 people

Calculated Gonorrhea Rate: 547 in 100,000 people

Calculated Chlamydia Rate: 1,238 in 100,000 people

No. 3: Montgomery, Alabama

Population in the area is 228,980

Calculated Gonorrhea Rate: 563 in 100,000 people

Calculated Chlamydia Rate: 1,252 in 100,000 people

No. 2: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Population in the area is 1,536,704 people

Calculated Gonorrhea Rate: 471 in 100,000 people

Calculated Chlamydia Rate: 1,344 in 100,000 people

No. 1: St. Louis, Missouri

Population in the area is 318,955 people

Calculated Gonorrhea Rate: 554 in 100,000 people

Calculated Chlamydia Rate: 1,283 in 100,000 people

As you can see, St. Louis holds the first place in cities with most STD patients at this point. Seeing these numbers, it is obvious that people practice plenty of unprotected sex there, despite their sex education.

This list changes all the time. There is nothing constant about it. It is merely a snapshot of where things stand in August, 2017.

 

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