Sexually transmitted diseases are on the rise in the United States. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is working to lower STD rates to where they were in the early 2000s; last year, the CDC announced $92.5 million in funding for state and city health departments to strengthen STD prevention and control programs.
A recent analysis found that the Garden State ranked 32nd among the states for the prevalence of STDs. (The overall rankings were figured by taking an average of a state’s individual rankings for gonorrhea, chlamydia, primary and secondary syphilis and congenital syphilis, the most commonly diagnosed STDs that are monitored by the CDC.)
The states with the highest rate of STDs were Louisiana, Georgia, North Carolina, California and Nevada. At the other end of the scale, Vermont had the lowest rate, followed by Wyoming, New Hampshire, Idaho and Utah. The study used data from the CDC’s 2017 STD Surveillance Report, the most recent available.