ORLANDO, Florida – Six Florida cities ranked in the top 100 list of U.S. cities with the most sexually transmitted diseases, according to a study released by Innerbody.com.
Tallahassee, home of Florida State University and the State Capitol, ranked the highest among Florida cities at #14 nationally.
Jacksonville ranked #45 followed by Gainesville at #51.
Pensacola came in at #61 closely followed by Orlando at #64.
Fort Lauderdale ranked #99 on the list.
“STD rates continue to run rampant in the South. Nearly half of the top 25 cities with the highest STD rates in the South,” the study concluded.
“The South has more people living in poverty and in rural areas which may make it harder for them to get tested and treated for STDs,” said Ronald Gray, MD, a professor of epidemiology at John Hopkins.
The findings were based on data released by the U.S. Center for Disease Control.
To view a map of STD rates by every Florida county, visit Innerbody.com.