Montana Ranks in The Top 10 For This, and We’re Happy About It
Montana is known for a lot of things. It isn't uncommon for cities and towns in the state to be mentioned on "best of" lists. This is a statistic that we can all be really proud of Montana. Do you agree?
According to a new study released by the folks at innerbody.com, Montana ranks in the top 10 states with the lowest Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) rates in America. The research team used data from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's latest STD surveillance statistics to put together a list of states with the highest and lowest rates of STD infection in the country.
According to the CDC, over 2.4 million combined STD cases are reported across the U.S. each year. These statistics do not even include those who have STDs but may not know it, don’t get tested, etc.
Population is one of the main reasons Montana ranked so low on the list. As you might expect, states with larger populations have the highest reported STD cases. The three states with the highest STD rates are Mississippi, Louisiana, and Georgia.
Where Does Montana Rank?
Out of 50 states, Montana ranks #43 with 643 STD cases reported per 100,000 residents. The STD with the highest rate of spread in Montana is Chlamydia.
What Precautions Should You Take If You're Sexually Active?
According to the CDC, getting tested for STDs is one of the most important things you can do to protect your health. Make sure you have an open and honest conversation about your sexual history and STD testing with your doctor and ask whether you should be tested for STDs. If you are uncomfortable talking with your regular healthcare provider about STDs, many clinics provide confidential and free or low-cost testing.
For more information regarding the study, click here.