By Peter Dawson, Chron.com / Houston Chronicle
Center for Disease Control and Prevention report stated that there are roughly 2,457,118 active STD cases in the United States. In 2017, that figure came in at 2,365,761. A report for 2019 is not yet available.
As a state, Texas saw an estimated 205,732 cases in 2018 — so where do the largest counties in Texas and those around the Houston area stand?
Click through the gallery above to see how notable counties around Houston and the rest of Texas ranked in terms of STDs.
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First, it is important to note that the report only tracks chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis cases.
According to the annual Sexually Transmitted Disease Surveillance STD Surveillance Report, STDs increased for the fifth consecutive year – with nearly 2.5 million combined cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis. Cases of congenital syphilis – syphilis passed from a mother to her baby during pregnancy– increased 40 percent from 2017-18.
That report tracks national STD statistics on a year-to-year basis. The population statistics in the slides above are from the 2010 U.S. Census.
Above, you can see which counties in Texas recorded the most STD cases.
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