Alabama: STDs Have Stronghold in Deep South
July 31, 2008
Amid a growing HIV epidemic in the South, public health experts are also focusing their attention on the region's historically high STD rates.
Craig Thompson, a Mississippi public health authority, said that despite the South's high STD rates, the topic is rarely discussed. "South of the Mason-Dixon Line, we don't talk about things that happen south of the belt-buckle line," he told the conference.
CDC data show that in 2006, Alabama had the nation's second-highest rate of syphilis, the fifth-highest rate of chlamydia, and the fourth-highest rate of gonorrhea.
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