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States With the Highest STD Rates in 2023

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States With the Highest STD Rates in 2023

(FamilyConservationPAC.com) – The US is on the verge of an STD epidemic that is “out of control,” according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Both syphilis and gonorrhea cases are rising, with syphilis cases increasing by 74% since 2017 and gonorrhea cases rising by 28% in 2021.

The South’s states are most severely afflicted; Mississippi is the most severely affected, with the highest rates per 100,000 people.

According to data from 2021, the most recent year for which data was available, 2.5 million Americans had an STD in that year, a 6% increase from 2020.

Syphilis infections increased by 32% between 2020 and 2021, with a 30% increase in congenital syphilis cases—which happen when a mother transmits the virus to her fetus.

The prevalence of congenital syphilis has increased by 750% since 2012.

Black Americans have the most significant rate of chlamydia infections, which is also rising. The lowest rates, 95 per 100,000, are found among Asians.

Additionally, the incidence of gonorrhea is highest among Black individuals (652 per 100,000) and lowest among Asians (37 per 100,000).

Native Americans and Native Alaskans have the greatest incidence of syphilis and the highest rates of congenital syphilis.

According to the CDC, those under the age of 25, gay and bisexual men, and members of racial minorities are disproportionately affected by STDs.

The spike is being driven by behavioral changes, a decline in testing and prevention, and a decline in condom use, according to Dr. Maria Alcaide, a medical professor at the University of Miami.

According Dr. Alcaide, the coronavirus pandemic also caused statistics to be stretched because there was less support and guidance available from 2020 to 2022.

Mississippi has been hit the most out of all the states, with 1,266 cases per 100,000 people.

After South Carolina, South Dakota, Alabama, Georgia, Arkansas, New Mexico, and North Carolina, Louisiana comes second with 1,159, and Alaska comes third.

Gay men comprise 36% of the cases, while those under 25 comprise the majority (51%).

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