Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Background Checks has released a list of the states with the highest and lowest rates of STIs in America.
The ranking was based on data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, social media surveys and state and county health agency information.
Alaska comes in first place according to the map, with the highest rate of STIs in the nation (151 instances of gonorrhea per 100,000 people, 768 instances of chlamydia per 100,000 people). The state with the lowest rate? New Hampshire (with 18 and 233, respectively).
It’s worth mentioning that the South, which leans conservative, has a higher rate of STIs than more sexually open, LGBTQ-friendly states.
It looks like defunding sexual health care and teaching abstinence-based sex education are bad ways to prepare people to protect themselves from illness.