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South Carolina’s STD Rates Are Some Of The Highest In The Country

Normally being in the top 5 of a list is a good thing. But unfortunately, this is one list South Carolina was included in. And one it probably is important to share. A new report by US News and World Report revealed that South Carolina is one of the 5 states with the highest STD rates. US News reports that "rates and cases of major sexually transmitted diseases in the U.S. have been increasing". The most recent data available from the CDC is from 2021 when more than 2.5 million cases of chlamydia, syphilis, and gonorrhea were reported. That is the data US News used for this study. Below are the statistics for South Carolina STD rates: 5. South Carolina STD Rates Total STD Rate: 1,052 per 100,000 Chlamydia Rate: 702.7 per 100,000 Gonorrhea Rate: 309.2 per 100,000 Syphilis Rate (cumulative): 40.1 per 100,000 According to the CDC, those at highest risk for STDs are people under the age of 25, racial and ethnic minority groups, and gay or bisexual men. Let's make sure we are using protection and getting tests regularly SC. You don't want to contract any of these diseases or unknowingly pass them to someone you care about. The next time this data is studied I don't want to see us on this list! Do your part. Here are the top 10 states: Mississippi Louisiana Alaska South Carolina South Dakota Alabama Georgia Arkansas New Mexico North Carolina It wasn't a great study for the Carolinas with NC also making the list. Overall the South is disproportionately represented on this list. The CDC has some great info for those of you who are being a little adventurous these days and need to protect yourself. You can find that information here. The states on this list are the states with the highest rates of sexually transmitted diseases per 100,000 population in 2021. This is according to available figures from the CDC and based on cumulative cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis reported by US News. You can read the full list and study here. [select-listicle listicle_id="456988" syndication_name="what-were-they-thinking-when-they-named-these-south-carolina-towns" description="yes"]

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