Still trying to shake off the New Year’s Eve hangover? Millions take the changing of the year as a free pass for excessive partying, only to wake up with memories they regret (or worse, no memory at all). Inebriation can lead to all sorts of bad decisions, from dancing on the bar to jumping into bed with a complete stranger. Now, new research suggests that where you live can play a role in how likely that one night stand is to result in a sexually transmitted disease (STD).
Most people consider themselves fairly safe, and would never want to share an STD with their partner. But do our neighbors share that same conviction? As the infographic below demonstrates, those who live East of the Continental Divide are far more likely to contract Chlamydia and Gonorrhea than their Western counterparts, but the story changes when considering other diseases like AIDS and Syphilis.
It would be nice if people at risk for spreading STDs came with a warning label. Until then, knowing where the STD hot spots are and always practicing safe sex are the best ways to stay clean.
Infographic via BestMedicalDegrees.com
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