CDC: Georgia No. 4 in syphilis cases

Syphilis rates in Georgia by county. (CDC)

Syphilis rates in Georgia by county. (CDC)

Georgia’s No. 4, and unfortunately we’re not talking about pre-season college football rankings.

The Centers for Disease Control, based in Atlanta, says in a new report that Georgia ranks fourth among U.S. states and territories in syphilis infections.

Georgia also ranks seventh in gonorrhea and eighth for chlamydia, two of the more difficult to spell sexually transmitted diseases.

According to the CDC, Georgia reported 678 cases of syphilis in 2011, the most recent data available. That doesn’t sound like many people, but the rate of infection (7 per 100,000 people) in Georgia is almost twice the national average (4.5 cases per 100,000).

Who has the disease in Georgia?

The CDC study provided the following data (number of cases per 100,000):

  • Men: 13.1
  • Women: 1.2
  • Whites: 1.9
  • Blacks: 17.7
  • Hispanics: 2.0
  • Asian/Pacific Islanders: 0.9
  • American Indians: 12.2

In The Athens Banner-Herald, Lynn Beckmann, the District 10 Infectious Diseases Program Coordinator for the Department of Public Health, said Georgia historically has hovered near the No. 4 ranking.

“A lot of people hear the word syphilis and think it’s something that’s gone away, but it’s very much out there,” she said. “It’s not (a disease that’s) been wiped out.”

The District of Columbia has, by quite a large margin, the highest syphilis rate in the country, according to the study.

The 10 most infected areas:

  • District of Columbia: 27.4 cases per 100,000 residents.
  • Louisiana: 9.9
  • Maryland: 7.8
  • Georgia: 7.0
  • Illinois: 6.9
  • Puerto Rico: 6.8
  • Florida: 6.7
  • California: 6.6
  • Mississippi: 6.4
  • Arkansas: 6.2

Two states reported no cases of syphilis — South Dakota and Wyoming. North Dakota listed only one case.

Fortunately, syphilis (as well as gonorrhea and chlamydia) can be cured if caught soon enough. It’s even easier to not catch the disease — wear a condom during sex.

23 comments Add your comment

MSC

March 4th, 2013
12:39 pm

So our nation’s capital is the place with the highest rate of syphilis? Gotta wonder about all of those politicians and everything else going on there!!

mike

March 4th, 2013
12:52 pm

I see Georgia is finally near the top of the list for something. It was certainly not education.

Wow!

March 4th, 2013
1:01 pm

DC…really!? Nothing gets done in DC because everyone is busy screwing around!

SBinF

March 4th, 2013
1:05 pm

The tourism board occasionally has contests for new state slogans. Here’s my entry:

“Georgia: last in education, first in syphilis!”

Guest

March 4th, 2013
1:21 pm

Four words: Real Housewives of Atlanta

Cecil

March 4th, 2013
1:52 pm

Georgia has one of the highest mortality rates, lowest graduation rates, what else would you really expect? Thank God for relocations that being in the college educated.

GEORGE

March 4th, 2013
2:01 pm

No 2 in beastiality. Ask that high ranking lab director.

Rev. Jesse Jackson

March 4th, 2013
2:24 pm

There are more caucasions in Georgia but African-Americans have a much higher rate.

Surely this is racist.

ATL_Hometown

March 4th, 2013
2:27 pm

The ending of this article needs a correction. Wearing a condom will not protect you from syphillis cause it can be transmitted by skin to skin.

Rev. Jesse Jackson

March 4th, 2013
2:36 pm

Eight long miserable years of George W. Bush has disproportionately impacted the rate of syphillis among African-Americans.

Once John Lewis gets off the Edmund Pettus Bridge I will address this concern with him, and present our strategy to President Obama. Surely a new government program can remedy this situation.

GEORGE

March 4th, 2013
2:39 pm

Rev. Jesse Jackson

March 4th, 2013
2:24 pm

“There are more caucasions”

Yeah and they spell better TOO —-Caucasian

Rev. Al Sharpton

March 4th, 2013
2:48 pm

“But African Americans must depart from the immorality and sin promoted by the perverted New World Order integrationist crowd and their devilish black minions. And touch nothing of theirs, or you will be consumed in all of their sins. (Numbers 16: 26)”

African-Americans aren’t mentioned in the Bible.

Just Sayin

March 4th, 2013
3:05 pm

Why is it so-called minorities always lead in negative statistics?

The only positive statistics they lead in are yards per carry or baskets scored per game.

Rev. Al Sharpton

March 4th, 2013
3:23 pm

“African Americans are indeed in the Bible. 90% of the Bible is pertaining to the lawful captives in the United States.”

Untrue!

For example, we know Adam was a White man. How do we know this? Ever try to take a rib away from a Black man?

yaman112

March 4th, 2013
3:31 pm

Ummm…Go ahead and put North Dakota down for 2 cases. Unless people are giving themselves syphilis in Fargo lol

Steve

March 4th, 2013
3:55 pm

Rev. JJ, your comments would be outright hilarious if they weren’t so close to what will probably happen. I am sure there is some kind of spin the NAACP can put on this to place the blame/fix on the shoulders of white Americans.

Atlanta, Macon, Savannah, Augusta, Columbus, Albany .. all primary Liberal areas. How shocking that the same pattern of immature decisions that put them in poverty situations also lead to higher STD rates. And yet they blame everyone but themselves. The real problem in American is that 30-40% of the population refuse to grow up and take responsibility for their own actions. Why? Because the Liberals keep bailing them out.

At least those in poverty due to a lifelong pattern of poor decisions aren’t as ignorant as hard working people who actually choose to vote Liberal. Those are the people that baffle me. They let the media lead them around like lemmings.

[...] Two states reported no cases of syphilis — South Dakota and Wyoming. North Dakota listed only one case. – AJC [...]

Rev. Jesse Jackson

March 4th, 2013
4:21 pm

“The real problem in American is that 30-40% of the population refuse to grow up and take responsibility for their own actions.” – Steve

Steve, the real problem with America is there are too many White folks !

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Jamal

March 4th, 2013
6:33 pm

Funny how it seems to be widespread where all da BLACKS be! Ain’t no body talkin’ bout dat……

Coach Jones

March 4th, 2013
6:35 pm

Come on team! We can do better that fourth place! Let’s buckle down and accept nothing less that first! I know we’ve got it in us!

Judy908

March 4th, 2013
6:38 pm

Also these diseases can be spead by oral sex. Alot of folks don’t consider that as possible. But it’s true.

Bill Clinton

March 4th, 2013
6:50 pm

“Also these diseases can be spead by oral sex. Alot of folks don’t consider that as possible. But it’s true.” – Judy908

How about cigars ?