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Ridin' Dirty: St. Louis is Still No. 2 in Chlamydia, Gonorrhea Rates

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"Hmm, looks like the clap!"
Rates of sexually transmitted infections dropped here in 2012, but St. Louis still has the second-highest rates of chlamydia and gonorrhea, according to the Center for Disease Control.

The center released a report Wednesday with the 2012 STD rates in the United States. Only Philadelphia County had higher rates of chlamydia infection than St. Louis, compared to U.S. counties and independent cities, and Montgomery County, Alabama, beat us to the No. 1 spot for highest gonorrhea rates.

Here's how the numbers break down:

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In the St. Louis metropolitan area, patients reported 14,905 new cases of chlamydia in 2012, compared to 15,556 in 2011. Chlamydia rates haven't been this low in the Lou since 2008.

In 2012, 4,811 in the St. Louis metro area reported new cases of gonorrhea, compared to 5,017 cases in 2011.

Syphilis rates dipped as well, dropping from 281 cases in the St. Louis metro area in 2012 to 271 in 2011.

See also: Got Clap? St. Louisans Do. Chlamydia, Too!

St. Louis has ranked in the top five cities for chlamydia, the most common sexually transmitted infection, since 2000. In 2006 and 2007, the Lou was the leader in new cases, and we've been stuck at No. 2 since 2009.

Things aren't much better when it comes to the clap. River City jumped to No. 3 from No. 12 in gonorrhea rates in 2009.

Follow Lindsay Toler on Twitter at @StLouisLindsay. E-mail the author at Lindsay.Toler@RiverfrontTimes.com.


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41 comments
Leslee Brown
Leslee Brown

Gross. Yeah well you have nasty people, cheaters, skanks and the like, so what did anyone expect??? Personal responsibility people!! Wear a condom

Matt Nieuwendaal
Matt Nieuwendaal

RFT: ^^ Can I nominate that for the dumbest response of the century??

Daren Cortez
Daren Cortez

John Martinez told ya they were all dirt legs & pigs here

Angie Maniaci
Angie Maniaci

STL has been #1 in STI since the riverboat days.

Wil Grundon
Wil Grundon

St. Louisans are dripping with pride!

Jean Taylor
Jean Taylor

Because so many ladyies and men' saying ant nothin wrong i don't need to use any thing' it alright' and just don't use rupper" are use anything' you cool' u put yoi life at risk" so people' :s please rapp it up you will feel good about it and be also safer.

Josh Harrison
Josh Harrison

People are getting the Clap so much it has now become Applause.

John Null
John Null

#2 is just the first to lose. Let's do better this year, I know we can be #1 if we try harder! Remember: Don't wear condoms, you can't feel shit.

Cherry Roy
Cherry Roy

Many times these statistics are taken at a clinic near by universities or schools. Based on the fact that saint louis has atleast 5 major universities around , it is understandable why the rate is so high. We should also keep in mind that many times the patients are not residents of saint louis either Overall it is best to be safe at all times wherever one is located.

Andrew Kamadulski
Andrew Kamadulski

"In the St. Louis metropolitan area, patients reported 14,905 new cases of chlamydia in 2012, compared to 15,556 in 2011. Chlamydia rates haven't been this low in the Lou since 2008."

Eric Jacobs
Eric Jacobs

Most of these things are a trick they only count St louis city not the county, so I real small sample size

Maggie McVey Vogt
Maggie McVey Vogt

Worst part is many in the City don't have access or willingness to get diagnosed and treatment so it's higher than the numbers look

Kelly Kallaher
Kelly Kallaher

Welcome to STL, where we don't get clap and gonorrhea... we give it. Are we still #1 for syphilis?

Darla Cook
Darla Cook

Guess it was inevitable, after all were were #1 in sin.

Ryan Witt
Ryan Witt

Number 2 spot is unacceptable. Let's step this up!

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