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Is Your City Putting You At Risk For An STD?

Is Your City Putting You At Risk For An STD?

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.

STD Heat Map

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7:50PM PST on Jan 16, 2013

Young people, even older ones, MUST practice safe sex at ALL times. The consequences of not are far more reaching than an STD.

HIV=death sentence. And a very nasty one at that. It is no longer just gay men. Women are the second most infected.

Something to know about many(not all) HIV infected people who know they have the disease will actively go to infect others ON PURPOSE(never using a condom and never telling the partner of their diagnosis).

They have nothing to lose in their eyes (they have a death sentence)and of course misery loves company.

6:29PM PST on Jan 12, 2013

Good information! I am not really surprised by the results, but people need to be aware of the risks.

1:57AM PST on Jan 5, 2013

thanks for posting

11:46PM PST on Jan 4, 2013


11:44PM PST on Jan 4, 2013

also I cannot believe that Hepatitis is not on the list

11:43PM PST on Jan 4, 2013

The city is not putting people at risk,It is their own behavior putting them at risk. It only takes one time and somebody could be living with an incurable situation. HIV/AIDS is a pandemic that people have become complacent about.

8:37PM PST on Jan 4, 2013

Don't hump everything and I guess it's less likely to happen :/

3:31AM PST on Jan 4, 2013

how can you blame any city for any stds

1:21AM PST on Jan 4, 2013

Well-said, Jim :)

1:17AM PST on Jan 4, 2013

You can't blame a city/where you live for contracting an std. Don't get rat-arsed at a party and sleep with all and sundry. Be responsible and reduce your risk.

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