2 Alabama cities have some of highest levels of sexually transmitted diseases in the country

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By Leada Gore | [email protected]

Two of Alabama’s largest cities are on a list of places reporting the highest rates of sexually transmitted diseases in the country.

Innerbody, an online medical and wellness testing guide, used data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Sexually Transmitted Disease Surveillance Report to determine STD rates across the country. STDs factored in the study were HIV, gonorrhea, chlamydia and syphilis.

Overall, STD rates were higher in the south, with the area claiming nearly half of the top 25 cities on the list. At seven, California led all states with the most cities in the top 100. Ohio and Texas tied for second most cities, each with six.

Two Alabama cities on the list were Montgomery, which was ranked fifth, and Birmingham, which came in at number 20.

Here’s the list of top 20 cities for highest rates of STD, ranked by number of STD cases per 100,000 residents.

1. Baltimore – 2004/100,000 residents

2. Jackson, Mississippi – 1,872/100,000 residents

3. Philadelphia – 1,822/100,000 residents

4. San Francisco – 1,754/100,000 residents

5. Montgomery – 1,731/100,000 residents

6. Augusta, Georgia – 1,675/100,000 residents

7. Milwaukee, Wisconsin – 1,657/100,000 residents

8. Killeen, Texas – 1,644/100,000 residents

9. Shreveport, Louisiana – 1,615/100,000 residents

10. Indianapolis, Indiana – 1,613/100,000 residents

11. New York (Bronx) – 1,609/100,000 residents

12. Fayetteville, North Carolina – 1,559/100,000 residents

13. New York (Manhattan) – 1,542/100,000 residents

14. Tallahassee, Florida – 1,502/100,000 residents

15. Columbus, Georgia – 1,440/100,000 residents

16. Peoria, Illinois – 1,421/100,000 residents

17. Washington, D.C. – 1,393/100,000 residents

18. Columbia, South Carolina – 1,390/100,000 residents

19. Denver, Colorado – 1,379/100,000 residents

20. Birmingham – 1,372/100,000 residents

Other Alabama cities in the top 100 were: Mobile at 49th (1,065/100,000 residents); and Huntsville at 79th (871/100,000 residents).

According to the CDC, more than 2.4 million combined STD cases were reported in the U.S. in 2018 alone.

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