Baltimore Has The Highest Rate Of STDs, According To New Research

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Baltimore Has The Highest Rate Of STDs, According To New Research

See where your city falls in the rankings of STD rates in America.

Published January 14th

Written by Tweety Elitou

As many continue to cozy up during this cuffing season, alarming reports surfaced that in 2018 more than 2.4 million sexually transmitted infections (STIs) were reported across the United States.

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), cases of syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia hit an all-time high in the U.S. during 2018, but thanks to California-based health testing company Innerbody, we now know the exact cities that reportedly had the highest rate of STIs.

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The study found that per CDC’s data: Baltimore has the highest rate of sexually transmitted infections in the U.S. (2,004 cases per 100,000 people) with chlamydia being the most common infection.

With a population of just over 600,000 people in Baltimore, there were 7,636 cases of chlamydia, 4,231 of gonorrhea, 210 of syphilis and 207 of HIV.

Baltimore was followed by Jackson, Mississippi (1,872 cases per 100,000 people), Philadelphia (1,822 cases per 100,000 people) and San Francisco (1,754 cases per 100,000 people).

Keep scrolling to see 10 major cities that have the highest rates of STIs per 100,000 people: 

  1. Baltimore, Maryland (2,004)
  2. Jackson, Mississippi (1,872)
  3. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (1,822) 
  4. San Francisco, California (1,754)
  5. Montgomery, Alabama (1,731)
  6. Augusta, Georgia (1,675)
  7. Milwaukee, Wisconsin (1,657)
  8. Killeen, Texas (1,644)
  9. Shreveport, Louisiana (1,615)
  10. Indianapolis, Indiana (1,613)  

As you can imagine, we were disturbed by the report, but it is better to be informed than to be ignorant! As for states, the study found that California had the highest number of STIs, followed by Texas, New York, Florida and Illinois.

So, what locations had the least amount of STIs? Keep scrolling to see 10 major cities that have the lowest rates of STIs per 100,000 people: 

  1. Chattanooga, Tennessee (794)
  2. Fort Lauderdale, Florida (797)
  3. Albany, New York (797)
  4. Tucson, Arizona (798)
  5. Queens, New York, New York (799)
  6. Riverside, California (800)
  7. Akron, Ohio (802)
  8. Grand Rapids, Michigan (804)
  9. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina (814)
  10. Tacoma, California (815)

With syphilis on the rise, 1.7 million cases of chlamydia reported, and 580,000 gonorrhea cases, rivaling records set in 1991, we advise you to stay safe, family! 

Visit Innerbody to see the complete list of statistics.

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