7 of the 8 Highest Rates
Adults who engage in "high risk" sexual activity, i.e. with strangers, recent acquaintances, or persons known to be sexually promiscuous, should take extra protective measures in the Deep South, where seven of the eight states with the highest rates of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis are located, according to figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The states with the highest numbers of those sexually transmitted diseases per 100,000 residents are Mississippi (1010), Alaska (858), Alabama (833.5), Louisiana (799), South Carolina (748), Arkansas (717.5), Georgia (700), and North Carolina (676). At the sexually safer end of the spectrum are New Hampshire (247), Utah (288.5), Vermont (292), Maine (293), Idaho (299), West Virginia (303), and Wyoming (378).