Top 20 Cities With The Highest STD Rates in 2023 – Black Health Matters


A recent study conducted by healthcare research group Innerbody has unveiled alarming statistics about sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) in the United States. By analyzing data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the study has identified cities with some of the highest rates of STDs, revealing pressing issues that call for attention and action.

The study also shed light on nationwide trends in STDs. Chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis were identified as the most commonly reported new STD infections. California had the highest number of cities on the list, contributing 13 cities to the rankings. Additionally, it was noted that 17 of the top 25 cities with the highest STD rates are located in states with healthcare spending below the national average.

A concerning aspect of this data is the unequal burden of STDs within cities, with racial and ethnic minority groups often experiencing the highest rates. Many of the cities with the highest STD rates have a higher percentage of Black and minority residents, emphasizing the importance of addressing health disparities in public health initiatives.

Top Cities with High STD Rates

  1. Memphis, Tennessee
  2. Jackson, Mississippi
  3. Columbia, South Carolina
  4. Baltimore, Maryland
  5. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  6. New Orleans, Louisiana
  7. Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  8. Little Rock, Arkansas
  9. Washington D.C.
  10. Norfolk, Virginia
  11. Cleveland, Ohio
  12. Greensboro, North Carolina
  13. Charlotte, North Carolina
  14. Charleston, South Carolina
  15. San Francisco, California
  16. Jacksonville, Florida
  17. Miami, Florida
  18. St. Louis, Missouri
  19. Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  20. Indianapolis, Indiana

While the recent surge in STD rates is certainly concerning, it’s crucial to recognize that these numbers may not still paint the full picture. There’s a strong likelihood that numerous STD cases went unreported during this period. The pandemic, which strained healthcare resources and redirected attention toward COVID-19, resulted in a significant reduction in STD testing nationwide. It’s unrealistic to assume that sexual activity came to a halt during lockdowns, but access to STD screenings was undoubtedly limited.

The CDC clairfies, “If you are sexually active, getting tested for STDs is one of the most important things you can do to protect your health. Make sure you have an open and honest conversation about your sexual history and STD testing with your doctor and ask whether you should be tested for STDs.”

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