Sorry, America. I have some bad news for you. According to a new study, we are losing the STD game to the Europeans. And we’re doing especially poorly in Washington DC and Delaware. On the plus side at least we’re not Iceland, the European leaders in chlamydia, hepatitis B AND hepatitis C. So ambitious, those Icelanders.
That being said, as you can see from the chart below, we do have a wee bit of a problem with chlamydia, especially when compared to Europe since 1980. But we’re doing SO much better when it comes to gonorrhea! That’s right. USA! USA!
When it comes to the individual STDs by state, Delaware, whom I mentioned, has a major chlamydia problem, while The District leads the way in gonorrhea, syphilis and HIV. West Virginia and Kentucky take home top honors in hepatitis B and C. Good job, guys.
In Europe, we already mentioned Iceland’s issues, but the Brits have nothing to gloat about either as they lead the way in HPV. Also, you might want to pack a few extra rubbers if you plan on heading to Moldova. And while Russia isn’t number one in any single STD they’re in the top five for HPV, hepatitis B, gonorrhea, syphilis and HIV. They’re real five-tool STD players over there.
Basically, what all this is saying is that no matter where you are if you aren’t wrapping that rascal you’re pretty much just rolling the dice. Oh, and maybe never have sex in Iceland or Washington DC.
Check out all the gory details and many more sweet charts here.
(And yes, I know Washington DC isn’t a state, but that’s how they did the study. Talk to them.)