STD Prevalence: Why are Some Cities Higher than Others?

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According to research conducted by PositiveSingles.com, a dating site for people with STD’s, the ten U.S cities with the highest STD rates are Atlanta, Miami, Seattle, Las Vegas, Washington, D.C., Denver, Austin, San Francisco, San Diego, and Dallas.

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According to research conducted by PositiveSingles.com, a dating site for people with STD’s, the ten U.S cities with the highest STD rates are Atlanta, Miami, Seattle, Las Vegas, Washington, D.C., Denver, Austin, San Francisco, San Diego, and Dallas. This research raises some questions regarding why the rate of STDs is more prevalent in some cities than others.

The website notes some experts have suggested that comprehensive sex education programs are the key to reducing the prevalence of STD’s. PositiveSingles.com suggests that this raises the question, among others, as to whether sex education programs in these cities are achieving their goals. The website poses the bigger question: What is it about the sexual behavior of people living in these ten cities that cause such a high prevalence of STD’s? There could be many contributing factors. For example, since Nevada is the only U.S. state to allow legal prostitution that could be a contributing factor to Las Vegas making this list.

PositiveSingles.com has been identified from sources in the city of Milwaukee as one site that has compiled a list of the key strategies pursued by successful communities in reducing the incidence of STD’s.

  •     School-based education and testing for all high school students
  • Street outreach and testing in key neighborhoods
  • Mobile vans providing STD testing on the streets
  • Treatment follow-up
  • Internet access for free STD test kits
  • Health care provider training
  • Express clinic practices for asymptomatic patients

It remains to be seen whether the above practices advocated by the city of Milwaukee will actually reduce the incidence of STD’s in US cities. PositiveSingles.com notes that issues such as poverty, crime, drug use, and poor educational programs could very well complicate the equation.

About PositiveSingles.com:
Founded in 2001, PositiveSingles.com is the largest online dating site in the world for people with herpes, HPV, HIV/AIDS, hepatitis, chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, and other STD’s with countless members in the U.S., UK, Canada, Australia, and Europe. For more information, visit http://www.positivesingles.com.

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