Valentine’s Day is supposed to be about love, cliché gifts and overpriced entrees. Oh and if you didn’t secure a reservation already, it’ll likely be about all of those things from the comfort of your own living room and kitchen. It’s a time to get pampered by your honey or maybe even make a new love connection. What it should never be about, is dealing with an STD.

The Gift Nobody Wants For Valentine's Day STD's | Naturally Stellar

If casual or unprotected sex is your thing, you may want to take some extra precautions and prepare yourself ahead of time for those Valentine’s Day encounters.  He may be cute and she may be hot, but nobody’s so fly that you should be willing to suffer through unnecessary treatments and consequences the morning after and beyond.  It’s just not worth it. 

Top STD’s and Worst Ranked States For Them

The top 4 sexually transmitted infections out there are Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Syphilis and HIV, which are transmitted from an infected person-to-person during genital, oral or anal sexual contact.  They can also be transmitted during pregnancy or birth via an untreated mother.

Open data analyst, Trent Wilson, recently published an article on Backgroundchecks.org that is both eye-opening and a little bit scary for those of you that are actively dating or looking for love this Valentine’s Day.  The reason why is, his article includes a full report ranking The Most Diseased States in U.S. (not including the territory of Puerto Rico) for STD’s.   It’s based on CDC data, state health data and social media survey data.  It ranks each state’s Gonorrhea and Chlamydia rates per 100k people and then gives them a weighted score. You can check out the full report here: http://backgroundchecks.org/these-are-the-most-sexually-diseased-states-in-the-us.html

I was a little shocked to see that Alaska was ranked #1 and Tennessee was ranked #18 overall.   Alaska because well, it’s Alaska.  But then again, Sarah Palin lives there and she never makes any sense so…

If Your Valentine Is From Tennessee

I was shocked about Tennessee but after a little more digging, I can see why the rate is so high.  One factor could be that the rates for cases of Chlamydia & Gonorrhea per 100k people seems to be highest for White (Non Hispanics) and Black (Non-Hispanics) millennials in the state.  This can be due to a lack of affordable quality health care options and a lack of sexual education in those demographics. 

Or, it could simply be an “I don’t care” attitude and lifestyle. Who knows.  The point is, if you are a millennial in Tennessee you really need to protect yourself.

Fun Fact: Montgomery county has the highest rate of chlamydial infections according to the Tennessee Health Department.  


So if you have plans to hook up with someone new this Valentine’s Day or have a history of rocking with unprotected sex, please take this info into consideration and stay safe Stars.   Happy Love Day!

 

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Founder, Editor-in-Chief of Women's Lifestyle Blog, Naturally Stellar | Beauty Contributor for Hype Hair Magazine | Freelance Writer and Content Creator| Candice is a passionate Nashville-based writer with a love for beauty, urban lifestyle, songwriting, travel, food and business. When she's not busy being Wonder Woman to her family, out exploring or catching up on her British dramas, you can find her sharing something interesting on her blog. Which more than likely she probably wrote at Noon, while eating a bowl of Captain Crunch.

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