Which State Has the Highest STD Rates

Sexually transmitted diseases are dangerous and most importantly, everywhere. However, there are those countries where people are most careless about their sexual health and where STDs spread like the plague.

According to estimates, treating STDs in the US costs the country $16 billion every year. At this point, there are approximately 30 million infections being transmitted yearly, half of them in people aged 15 to 24.

This is not a stereotype, it is a reality. Everyone is at risk of developing STDs, but young people are obviously the most careless in the country. And seeing that STDs are still somewhat of a taboo topic in the country, many people are not educated properly and do not know the importance of taking care of their sexual health.

To teach you more about STDs in the US, we selected the 10 states with highest rates of sexually transmitted diseases.

States with Highest STD Rates

To help you get an idea of the severity of the spreading, we have checked the statistics for the most common STDs in the states: chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis. Going from the tenth most infected state in the US to the state with most STD cases every year, here is what you need to know about the spread of these infections:

10. Texas

Chlamydia Rate: 523.6 per 100,000 people

Gonorrhea Rate: 147.13 per 100,000 people

Syphilis Rate: 6.2 per 100,000 people

Well, guess what? Texas is not as conservative as you originally thought, since that attitude actually brought them in our top 10 infected states. In Texas, the stigma of STDs is extremely high, which led to more than 11,000 new chlamydia cases in a single county!

  1. Illinois

Chlamydia Rate: 540.4 per 100,000 people

Gonorrhea Rate: 133 per 100,000 people

Syphilis Rate: 8.4 per 100,000 people

Illinois has been on this list since forever, being one of the states that constantly have the highest STD rates in the past decade. Because of this, the National STD Awareness Month and other official awareness programs were launched in the state, but we are guessing this had little or no effect.

8. Alabama

Chlamydia Rate: 543.6 per 100,000 people

Gonorrhea Rate: 148.4 per 100,000 people

Syphilis Rate: 5.8 per 100,000 people

Alabama needs to do some serious improvements in terms of sex education to protect the citizens from being infected. They did things like put up billboards and implement some education programs, but this hasn’t really done a lot to decrease the high rate. The state continues to be one of the highest ranked STD infected states in the US, even though they started providing vaccination wherever possible and promoting condoms and monogamy to reduce this number.

8. Oklahoma

Chlamydia Rate: 542.2 per 100,000 people

Gonorrhea Rate: 168.7 per 100,000 people

Syphilis Rate: 5.4 per 100,000 people

The eight state on our list is Oklahoma, who has had this problem since forever. Unfortunately, the numbers of syphilis-infected patients have increased even more since 2013, with a percentage of 77% being reported solely in the period from 2013 to 2015!

7. New York

Chlamydia Rate: 524.7 per 100,000 people

Gonorrhea Rate: 129.4 per 100,000 people

Syphilis Rate: 10.2 per 100,000 people

New Yorkers keep having unprotected sex and if we did not take population into account when creating this list, they would actually take the first place! The increase in gonorrhea and syphilis infections is startling in the past decade, being most prevalent among minorities, gay men and of course, the young people of New York.

We guess the nightlife in New York is not as perfect as it sounds, right? At least not for those who do not practice safe sex.
6. California

Chlamydia Rate: 487.5 per 100,000 people

Gonorrhea Rate: 139.5 per 100,000 people

Syphilis Rate: 12.6 per 100,000 people

Back in 2015, California counted a quarter of a million cases of sexually transmitted diseases, which was a huge jump when compared to previous years. The main reason for this unbelievable increase in STDs is that people stopped using condoms out of sudden and started avoiding the old idea of monogamy.

5. South Carolina

Chlamydia Rate: 569.9 per 100,000 people

Gonorrhea Rate: 169.8 per 100,000 people

Syphilis Rate: 6.1 per 100,000 people

Unlike many of the states in our list, South Carolina actually took big steps to fight the issue. At this point, the state has new laws that help them fight off STDs by persecuting people who expose others to a disease they are already aware of.

Knowing this, we expect to see South Carolina out of the list next year, or at least not taking such a high spot in it.

4. Mississippi

Chlamydia Rate: 580.2 per 100,000 people

Gonorrhea Rate: 192.9 per 100,000 people

Syphilis Rate: 7.3 per 100,000 people

Being this high on the list, we’d recommend that you take condoms with you every time you visit this state. The risk of being infected is very high here, especially for gay men and young people.

3. Georgia

Chlamydia Rate: 570.8 per 100,000 people

Gonorrhea Rate: 158.3 per 100,000 people

Syphilis Rate: 14 per 100,000 people

Georgia is certainly not proud of the number of infected STD patients, especially since a report said that even 5 cities in the state are in the top 60 most sexually diseased cities. This points out to a concerning lack of awareness, but researchers say that the biggest culprit behind this increasing rate is actually poverty.

2. North Carolina

Chlamydia Rate: 647.4 per 100,000 people

Gonorrhea Rate: 199.2 per 100,000 people

Syphilis Rate: 12 per 100,000 people

South Carolina does not fall far behind, but North Carolina actually beat the rates in STDs. This is definitely not a good thing, but despite all their efforts, North Carolina still remains in the top positions of every STD list.

And how could it not? Fayetteville, a city in the state also made it in the list of the top 10 cities that are most sexually diseased in the country.

  1. Louisiana

Chlamydia Rate: 695.2 per 100,000 people

Gonorrhea Rate: 221.1 per 100,000 people

Syphilis Rate: 15 per 100,000 people

And finally, what you’ve been waiting for – the state with most STD cases in US! At this point Louisiana is the most dangerous state to have unprotected sex in.

Knowing all this, if you are visiting these states, will you risk having unprotected sex?