Do you know your ABCs when it pertains to safe sex?

In case you need a quick refresher course, it's Abstinence, Be Faithful, and Use a Condom.

We South Dakotans must have been paying attention in Sex-Ed class the day that lesson was taught because our state does rather well when it comes to having a low rate of sexually transmitted diseases.

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The gang at did a deep dive into the CDC's most recent data regarding STD Surveillance Statistics. They tracked the number of reported cases of sexually transmitted diseases so far in 2023 for every state across the nation.

While we are somewhat promiscuous here in South Dakota, we did manage to score some fairly high marks, for having a low number of STD rates. So it appears we have our act together when it comes to having responsible safe sex practices.

According to InnerBody's findings, South Dakota ranks 31st in the nation when it comes to sexually transmitted disease rates.

But, before we all start patting each other on the back, you should know we were bested by our neighboring states like Iowa #36, North Dakota #38, and Minnesota at #42.

South Dakota's STD rate so far in 2023 is 868 cases per every 100,000 people.

Chlamydia is the most common sexually transmitted disease in the state at this time, with 4,044 cases per 100K reported. On a more positive note, there have only been 70 cases of Syphilis reported per 100,000 people in South Dakota so far in 2023.

While penicillin might not be in big demand in South Dakota, it looks like they need it down south.

The southern states suffer from the highest STD rates in the nation. With Mississippi leading the way at 1,784 cases per 100K. Louisana and Georgia are the next two states with the highest STD rates on the list.

Which state is doing the best job of teaching Sex-Ed class?

That title belongs to Vermont. The STD infection rate for the Green Mountain State is only 201 people per 100K.


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