The incidence of reported sexually transmitted diseases in Columbia is among the worst cities in the United States. In a study conducted by Innerbody, Columbia was number 18 among the U.S. cities with the highest STD rates.
The study was based on data released in August 2019 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The survey included information on the number of cases reported in 2018 of HIV, syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia.
The study included only towns with populations of at least 150,000, which were determined by the CDC and the United States. Office of the Census. The only southern city represented in the study was far away from Columbia.
The most general STDs reported are not reported in South Carolina. This distinction, which according to the study is from California with 318,214 cases. However, it is the fourth in countries with the highest STD rates as the study found that the study reported 957 STD cases per 100,000. According to the studies, the STD rates have increased only in Alaska, Mississippi, and Louisiana.
There are 48,095 STD reports, reported in 2018 based on CDC statistics. South Carolina has a population of 5,024,448 people.
The combined research showed that there were 5,870 cases in Columbia of HIV, syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia. For a city with 414,576 inhabitants, the study found that the STD rate was 1,390 per 100,000.
Chlamydia was the STD in Columbia with 4,040 cases reported in 2018.
The STD may damage the reproductive organs of women and its symptoms are abnormal discharges and burning sensations for men and women during urination, as per the CDC.
While having a population of 201,554, Georgia is sixth in the study list. It could have seen a boom in STDs, however, along with other smallest cities in the top ten (No. 8 Killeen Texas and No. 9 Shreveport, Louisiana), because the study indicates that it has a relatively large military base.
The research was conducted by Innerbody to raise awareness of STD prevention and prevent disease spread rapidly.