Sex Saviest Cities

Menstuff® has compiled the following information on the first-of-its kind ranking, MTV's V.D. Report Card listed these cities as the Top 60 Sex Savviest Cities in the U.S. These cities were the best at reducing the rates of three STDs--syphilis, gonorrhea, chlamydia--over the past five years.

 Some cities were successful reducing the rate of one STD, but not another. Look below to find out where your city ranked - from 1 to 60 - in reducing one of the three different STDs - syphilis, gonorrhea, or chlamydia. The lower the number, the better they did reducing the rate of that STD. So a “1” is the best, a “60” is the worst. Then look in the parenthesis to see how much the rate* of that STD increased or decreased in the past five years.**

How did your city do?

Rank

City, State

Syphilis Rank
(Rate CHG)
Gonorrhea Rank
(Rate CHG)
Chlamydia Rank
(Rate CHG)

Total Score

1

Baltimore, MD

1 (-77.1)

2 (-248.3)

1 (-92.8)

4

2

Washington, DC

6 (-14.6)

1 (-357.5)

9 (-5.8)

16

3

Nashville, TN

2 (-24.7)

4 (-99.0)

11 (25.0)

17

4

Tampa, FL

19 (-2.2)

5 (-95.1)

4 (-58.0)

28

5

Louisville, KY

9 (-13.3)

9 (-63.9)

13 (43.1)

31

6

Houston, TX

17 (-2.7)

12 (-47.8)

7 (-8.6)

36

7

Birmingham, AL

7 (-14.4)

7 (-78.6)

29 (86.5)

43

8

Memphis, TN

5 (-16.4)

8 (-70.6)

34 (113.6)

47

9

Dallas, TX

22 (-1.8)

11 (-50.5)

23 (67.0)

56

10

Austin, TX

44 (0.9)

14 (-31.6)

5 (-20.8)

63

11

Sacramento, CA

32 (-0.1)

15 (-26.9)

18 (52.3)

65

12

Richmond, VA

4 (-20.9)

60 (304.8)

3 (-77.9)

67

13

St. Petersburg, FL

32 (-0.1)

26 (13.2)

10 (-0.7)

68

14

New York City, NY

53 (2.2)

10 (-54.8)

6 (-17.5)

69

14

Boston, MA

11 (-6.3)

41 (54.2)

17 (51.3)

69

16

Charlotte, NC

16 (-3.6)

24 (11.9)

33 (107.4)

73

17

Phoenix, AZ

40 (0.4)

19 (-19.5)

15 (47.4)

74

18

Atlanta, GA

26 (-0.7)

3 (-190.5)

46 (205.1)

75

19

Wichita, KS

17 (-2.7)

38 (44.8)

21 (59.3)

76

20

Minneapolis, MN

54 (2.9)

13 (-35.7)

12 (35.7)

79

21

San Jose, CA

38 (0.3)

21 (3.2)

24 (73.7)

83

22

Miami, FL

56 (5.8)

20 (-18.8)

8 (-6.4)

84

22

Norfolk, VA

13 (-4.3)

17 (-20.5)

54 (247.4)

84

24

Kansas City, MO

42 (0.7)

44 (59.5)

2 (-82.3)

88

24

Akron, OH

28 (-0.6)

40 (51.4)

20 (53.7)

88

26

Omaha, NE

40 (0.4)

28 (17.1)

22 (64.9)

90

26

San Diego, CA

37 (0.2)

23 (11.3)

30 (90.7)

90

28x

Jersey City, NJ

21 (-2.0)

34 (32.1)

35 (117.3)

90

29

Des Moines, IA

38 (0.3)

16 (-21.1)

39 (139.4)

93

30

Fort Worth, TX

32 (-0.1)

32 (25.9)

32 (105.4)

96

30

New Orleans, LA

3 (-23.1)

48 (67.2)

45 (187.1)

96

32

Pittsburgh, PA

36 (0.1)

49 (69.4)

14 (43.9)

99

32

Tucson, AZ

46 (1.1)

27 (15.0)

26 (78.0)

99

34

St. Louis, MO

7 (-14.4)

54 (93.9)

40 (141.6)

101

35

San Antonio, TX

55 (3.1)

31 (22.2)

16 (49.6)

102

35

Cleveland, OH

14 (-4.2)

52 (78.7)

36 (124.7)

102

37

Los Angeles, CA

43 (0.8)

29 (19.0)

31 (94.4)

103

38

Seattle, WA

51 (1.7)

35 (33.4)

19 (52.9)

105

39

Oakland, CA

46 (1.1)

33 (30.1)

27 (82.0)

106

40

Chicago, IL

23 (-1.6)

37 (41.6)

47 (205.9)

107

41

Dayton, OH

12 (-4.6)

46 (64.8)

50 (224.7)

108

42

Albuquerque, NM

29 (-0.3)

25 (12.8)

55 (253.1)

109

43

Portland, OR

46 (1.1)

39 (45.6)

25 (77.7)

110

44

Newark, NJ

58 (10.2)

6 (-93.4)

49 (214.1)

113

45

Philadelphia, PA

19 (-2.2)

53 (85.4)

44 (175.9)

116

46

Milwaukee, WI

10 (-7.3)

51 (78.0)

56 (311.3)

117

47

Honolulu, HI

45 (1.0)

22 (8.0)

51 (225.3)

118

47

Cincinnati, OH

15 (-3.8)

50 (76.3)

53 (236.2)

118

49

Jacksonville, FL

35 (0.0)

47 (65.5)

38 (128.0)

120

49

El Paso, TX

50 (1.4)

30 (20.7)

40 (141.6)

120

51

Columbus, OH

31 (-0.2)

55 (95.3)

42 (145.7)

128

52

Corpus Christi, TX

29 (-0.3)

57 (102.1)

43 (154.3)

129

53

San Francisco, CA

59 (10.8)

43 (58.1)

28 (83.8)

130

54

St. Paul, MN

52 (1.8)

42 (58.0)

37 (126.3)

131

55

Tulsa, OK

25 (-0.8)

56 (97.0)

52 (230.7)

133

56

Detroit, MI

60 (20.0)

18 (-20.0)

58 (334.0)

136

57

Denver, CO

46 (1.1)

45 (63.2)

48 (208.4)

139

58

Oklahoma City, OK

26 (-0.7)

58 (157.3)

59 (344.7)

143

58

Toledo, OH

24 (-1.1)

59 (184.1)

60 (376.1)

143

60

Indianapolis, IN

57 (6.2)

36 (35.3)

57 (314.4)

150

Methodology

Based on the latest annual STD Surveillance Report published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2001, the change in rate per 100,000 people from 1997 to 2001 of the three nationally reportable STDs (chlamydia, syphilis, gonorrhea) was used for the 60 cities that have had populations of 200,000 or more since 1997. Rankings from 1 to 60 were given to each city based on that rate change. “1” was given to the city with the highest rate reduction, and “60” was given to the city with the lowest rate reduction (or highest rate increase). A composite ranking was determined by adding those rankings together for all three STDs to give the city its total score.

*Rates are calculated per 100,000 in population.
**Data for each STD based on the CDC’s annual STD Surveillance Report from 1997 to 2001.
Total Score: The sum of the rankings for each of the three STDs.

Source: www.mtv.com/onair/ffyr/protect/sex_savvy_breakdown.jhtml

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