A new report from the CDC, reported on by backgroundcheck.org, has been released showing the most sexually diseased states in the U.S. The CDC reported that STD rates have risen in comparison to 2015, which stood as the worst year for STDs in history. The rise in STDs has become so bad that many experts are labeling the surge a national epidemic.

The state moving up the highest in the rankings is Maryland, jumping up six spots from #24 to #18, owing to significantly elevated rates of both gonorrhea and chlamydia. Next is Delaware, climbing five spots from #14 to #9. Hawaii experienced the greatest drop in the STD rankings. In 2015, Hawaii was 20th but as of now, it is 28th. New York is currently at 13 and California is ranked 17. The state with the least STDs is just north of us: Vermont.

Doing a little more digging I found out the stats from high school students, in the state of NY and the Capital Region has one of the highest concentrations of STD's in the state.  Testing and prevention is the answer to getting the numbers lowered in the region.

Confidential and anonymous testing is available in Albany and Troy. There is an important difference between confidential and anonymous testing. Confidential testing means that the results are kept confidential but you must use your name. Also, insurance companies could possibly get that information. Anonymous testing, however, is completely anonymous. You never give out your name. You are given a number for when you return to get the results. If asked to sign anything, sign a false name. The two sites are:

  • Rensselaer County Health Department
    County Office Building, 270-2658
    Offers confidential and anonymous testing.
    Appointments or walk-in on Wednesday 3:00 - 5:00.
  • New York State Department of Health 
    County Office Building, 486-1595 or 1-800-962-5065
    Free anonymous testing.
    Appointments only; Monday and Friday only.
  • Planned Parenthood
    274-5640
    Confidential testing (Not Anonymous).
    Appointments on Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.