Find out if you live in one of the states most affected by STDs after gonorrhea and syphilis cases surge

CASES of some sexually transmitted diseases have reached an all-time high, the CDC has announced.

In 2020, cases of certain STDs peaked for the sixth consecutive year. But officials warn that the 2021 data could be even worse.


STDs were on the rise during the pandemic, data showsCredit: Getty Images – Getty

Gonorrhea cases are up 45% from 2016, the CDC reports. Syphilis cases increased by 52% compared to the same year.

In a staggering jump, cases of congenital syphilis rose 235% from 2016. Chlamydia was the only one of the four diseases to decline, by 1.2%.

But in this case, the CDC notes that the decline is likely the result of fewer STD screenings — not a reduction in new cases.

Mississippi has the highest rates of chlamydia and gonorrhea, while Louisiana was close behind in second place.

When it comes to primary and secondary syphilis, Nevada has the highest rates.

Meanwhile, New Mexico has the highest rates of congenital syphilis.

Of all four, Vermont has the lowest number of cases.

Overall, CDC data suggests STDs increased in the first year of the Covid pandemic, despite stay-at-home orders and social distancing.

While some states, like Louisiana, appear to have made progress in controlling the spread of STDs, experts say that may not be true and a drop in testing may be to blame.

“In the middle of the pandemic, nobody could get tested,” Patricia Kissinger, an infectious disease epidemiologist at Tulane University, told

“The clinics that were open and testing, many of them had low supplies.”

Most US states riddled with STDs

Top 10 states with the highest rates of chlamydia:

  1. Mississippi
  2. Louisiana
  3. Alaska
  4. Caroline from the south
  5. North Carolina
  6. Georgia
  7. New Mexico
  8. Tennessee
  9. Alabama
  10. Illinois

Top 10 states with the highest gonorrhea rates:

  1. Mississippi
  2. Louisiana
  3. Caroline from the south
  4. Alabama
  5. Oklahoma
  6. Missouri
  7. South Dakota
  8. Alaska
  9. Tennessee
  10. North Carolina

Top 10 states with the highest syphilis rates:

  1. Nevada
  2. Mississippi
  3. Alaska
  4. Oklahoma
  5. New Mexico
  6. Arizona
  7. California
  8. Arkansas
  9. Georgia
  10. Florida

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