The STD Rate In Iowa Is Shocking
Wow! This information is kind of scary.
The website countyhealthrankings.org listed Scott County as having the third-highest rate chlamydia cases in Iowa. Scott County had a rate of 555 cases per 100,000 residents, for a total of 936 in 2013.
Clinton & Muscatine Counties were also ranked in the top 20 overall, while Linn & Johnson Counties made the top 10.
Chlamydia is the most-common sexually transmitted infection (STI) in North America. It is most common with young women, and is one of the major causes of tubal infertility, ectopic pregnancy, pelvic inflammatory disease, and chronic pelvic pain. One may have chlamydia, but not be aware of it because some people never develop the symptoms. Click HERE for a full list of symptoms.
The map below illustrates the STI rates for each county in Iowa. The darker shades of blue indicate the counties with the largest number of cases:
Most sexually transmitted infections are treatable and preventable. If you're sexually active the easiest way to reduce your risk is by practicing safe sex. Learn about preventing STIs here.