Whatever South Dakota Republicans think they are doing to promote healthy sexual behavior, it doesn’t appear to be working. Jacob Newton reports that syphilis, chlamydia, and gonorrhea are all worse than usual so far this year:
As of the latest April 12 update of the DOH monthly infectious disease dashboard, syphilis is up a staggering 1877%, with 257 cases reported so far this year, up 244 from the 5-year median of 13 cases.
…Chlamydia seemed to be falling at the beginning of 2022, down 10% for the year by February. That’s now changed, as it has reversed course, now up 10%, with 1,238 cases so far in 2022, up from the 5-year median of 1,128.
Gonorrhea is up 55%, with 716 reported cases compared to the 5-year median of 461 by this time of year [Jacob Newton, “Syphilis Cases Up Nearly 2000% in South Dakota,” KELO-TV, 2022.04.14].
Governor Kristi Noem bragged last month that South Dakota is the #1 state for doctors to work in. Maybe that’s because they can find so many customers needing antibiotics.
If you’re visiting our red state, be careful that you don’t make yourself any redder.