Unfortunately for Louisiana, we did rank among the states with the highest rates of sexually transmitted diseases.

The CDC has reported increased sexually transmitted diseases in the United States. according to USN, there have been more than 2.5 million cases of chlamydia, syphilis, and gonorrhea reported in 2021, the most recent year for which data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was reported.

Per 100,000 people in the US, there are over 760 cases on average. Syphilis alone had seen a 30% increase between 2020 and 2021. In addition, there were 3,000 cases of the disease which is a more than 750% increase over an 8-year period.

Here are the top 6 states with the highest rates of sexually transmitted diseases.

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6. Alabama 

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Total STD Rate: 98.9 per 100,000

Chlamydia Rate: 626.2 per 100,000

Gonorrhea Rate: 321.3 per 100,000

Syphilis Rate: 43.1 per 100,000

5. South Dakota

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Michael TFB Via Unsplash

Total STD Rate: 1,009.1 per 100,000

Chlamydia Rate: 542 per 100,000

Gonorrhea Rate: 363.9 per 100,000

Syphilis Rate: 103.2 per 100,000

4. South Carolina

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Clint Patterson Via Unsplash

Total STD Rate: 1,052 per 100,000

Chlamydia Rate: 702.7 per 100,000

Gonorrhea Rate: 309.2 per 100,000

Syphilis Rate: 40.1 per 100,000

3. Alaska

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Joris Beugels Via Unsplash

Total STD Rate: 1,091.2 per 100,000

Chlamydia Rate: 760.4 per 100,000

Gonorrhea Rate: 269.8 per 100,000

Syphilis Rate: 61 per 100,000

2. Louisiana 

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Joao Francisco Via Unsplash

 Total STD Rate: 1,159.9 per 100,000

Chlamydia Rate: 730.1 per 100,000

Gonorrhea Rate: 354.5 per 100,000

Syphilis Rate: 75.3 per 100,000

1. Mississippi

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Justin Wilkens Via Unsplash

Total STD Rate: 1,266 per 100,000

Chlamydia Rate: 750 per 100,000

Gonorrhea Rate: 427.7 per 100,000

Syphilis Rate: 103.2 per 100,000

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