The Centers for Disease Control has just released a report on sexually transmitted diseases and the news is not good for Louisiana. This data is from 2021 which is the last full year available and the Bayou State is in the top 5 on several of these lists.

The total number of cases has also been released and the nation saw a record high number of Syphilis cases at 176,713, up from 133,954 in 2020.

There have also been 1,644,416 of Chlamydia cases and 710,151 cases of Gonorrhea reported in 2021.

Take a Look at the State Rankings:

Chlamydia Cases — Ranked by Rate of Cases

  1. Alaska 5,571 cases
  2. Mississippi 22,126 cases
  3. Louisiana 33,759 cases
  4. South Carolina 36,477 cases
  5. Georgia 67,941 cases

Total Chlamydia Cases:


Chlamydia is a common, treatable STD. It can cause infection among both men and women. It can cause permanent damage to a woman’s reproductive system.

The CDC says "you can get chlamydia by having vaginal, anal, or oral sex with someone who has chlamydia."

Congenital Syphilis — Ranked by Rate of Cases (per 100,000 live births)

  1. Arizona 181 cases
  2. New Mexico 44 cases
  3. Louisiana 110 cases
  4. Mississippi 64 cases
  5. Texas 680 cases

Total Congenital Syphilis Cases:


Congenital Syphilis is spread from a mother who is infected to a newborn baby.

Syphilis — Ranked by Rate of Cases

  1. South Dakota 436 cases
  2. New Mexico 724 cases
  3. Arkansas 990 cases
  4. Oklahoma 1,225 cases
  5. Nevada 939 cases

Total Syphilis Cases:


Syphilis is a sexually transmitted infection that can cause serious health problems without treatment. You can get syphilis by direct contact with a syphilis sore during vaginal, anal, or oral sex.

Gonorrhea — Ranked by Rate of Cases

  1. Mississippi 12,617 cases
  2. South Dakota 3,258 cases
  3. Louisiana 16,390 cases
  4. Alabama 16,191 cases
  5. South Carolina 16,052 cases

Total Gonorrhea Cases:


Gonorrhea is an STD that can cause infection in the genitals, rectum, and throat. It is very common, especially among young people ages 15-24 years. The CDC says "you can get gonorrhea by having vaginal, anal, or oral sex with someone who has gonorrhea."

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