Top 10 Oklahoma Counties with the Highest STD Rates
After a decade-long STD study across the United States concluded, the data ended up ranking Oklahoma as having the fourth most cases of syphilis in the nation.
Of course, it's all based on population density in a per capita manner, so the numbers skew a bit, but overall you can't argue the stats.
When you break down the various diseases included in the study, Oklahoma fairs much better with more common STDs like chlamydia and gonorrhea, somewhere in the middle of the pack. Elevated for our population, but lower overall.
What's to blame for the resurgence of STDs across the Sooner State? Nobody really knows. Older adults (35-50) grew up during the HIV/AIDS epidemic under a constant reminder to put importance on safe sex... As trends among young people have changed, along with new advances in modern medicine, STDs don't seem to carry the stigma it once did.
Add in the fact that younger adults consume entertainment completely differently, and that sex education is learned at an earlier average age via smartphones these days, and perhaps the importance of safe sex isn't emphasized as much among our youth.
All the same, STDs are experiencing a renaissance in America's older adults too...
Here's how it all breaks down.