Did you know that there is a Safer Sex Index for sexual health rankings, which shows the highest and lowest STD rates by state? According to a 2010 report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are one of the most serious challenges for the U.S. They estimate that each year there are 19 million new infections, costing the U.S healthcare system billions of dollars, and causing untold misery and health consequences for the sufferers.
Even worse, these statistics are just the tip of the iceberg, as physicians are only required to report incidences of syphilis, gonorrhea and chlamydia. Many more millions of cases go unreported or involve non-reportable STDs such as genital herpes and human papillomavirus (HPV).
The state you live in may rank high or low in terms of safer sex, use of contraceptives and recorded incidents of STDs. Interestingly, the states that have lower levels of sex education and low rates of contraceptive use inevitably have higher incidences of STDs. Statistics were gathered for Trojan brand condoms by examining the rate per 100,000 citizens who were diagnosed and treated for gonorrhea, syphilis and HIV along with those who had received a HIV test.
Where to find the lowest STD rates by state
Of course, every parent wants the reassurance that they are living in one of the areas with the lowest STD rates by state. The top five states are, in descending order:
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
Which states have the highest levels of STDs?
The five states with the most to worry about are, from the bottom up:
The Trojan study found that some states did not mandate that contraceptive information and STD/HIV facts were included in the program for sex education in schools. It also looked at the relationship between the number of births to teenage mothers and the percentage of schools teaching essential condom use, compared to abstinence-only sex education. These facts were all included in the overall scores to find the lowest STD rates by state. It makes for sobering reading, wherever you live.