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STDs Surging Well Above Normal Rates in South Dakota

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.


  1. Tom 2022-04-15

    Finally we’re ‘inching’ towards a first in something…other than GQP stupidity…or am I being redundant?

  2. mike from iowa 2022-04-15

    f you’re visiting our red state, be careful that you don’t make yourself any redder.
    on top of being magat red and embarrassed red?

  3. Dicta 2022-04-15

    Some turgid arguments that built towards an epic climax. Gonna go smoke a cigarette.

  4. All Mammal 2022-04-15

    And irritated, rashy red, too, MFI. On top or bottom of those other reds you mention.

    My Dicta, SD is up to smoking a whole dang turkey now, post-coitally;)
    Followed up by a good dose of penicillin.

    Going out for cocktails around here suggests a trip to the clinic due to a drip and burn:/

    Mr. Tom, I don’t find your comments to be redundant. Reminds me of Dr. Albert Einstein’s famous quote, “Really smart mofos sound like really crazy mofos to really stupid mofos.”

  5. mike from iowa 2022-04-15

    STDs are a real and serious problem, like covid was/is, but transgendered sports stars in South Duhkota are scacer than hen’s teeth. Two things are obvious to casual observers. One, this state has real concerns in medicine, and , two, magats will ignore the real problems to campaign on events that don’t exist/aren’t happening.

  6. cibvet 2022-04-15

    Wonder if the trump minions will scream, holler and throw a hissy fit because the state will do contact tracing
    like they did during covid,to help slow the progression of STD’s . Then again,here is SD’s chance to claim
    first place again since covid deaths are down.

  7. All Mammal 2022-04-15

    South Dakota has been the long time running champ in rape. Between hunger, illness/STI’s, and rape- shoot can’t get more serious than them right there.
    Too bad, as mike from iowa solemnly pointed out, the hot topic in the dome of decision making seems to only seethe concern or contempt towards imaginary, synthetic, divisive*, fodder. Straight up and down, I feel impotent and ashamed because, as an in-grownup, I bear responsibility for the future and state of our state’s youth. I need to do my part, other than crossing my fingers my nieces and nephews will turn out dog assugly post puberty to ensure the integrity of their sexual health. Regardless of which astro symbol identifies them.
    It isn’t even just the fact ol pudge lip n ‘em will not support the health of our youth, it is compounded as these trifling old bantams won’t step out of the way so that someone can help.
    Nothing describes rotten to the core like the fluffers playing impot’nt law professionals for the state dress up show.

  8. Arlo Blundt 2022-04-15

    Well…a county by county read out of cases would be interesting…lack of sex education certainly plays a role in our ranking but nothing compares to the bike rally as a super spreader.

  9. Mark Anderson 2022-04-15

    I know masks are a no no, but condoms?

  10. Jenny 2022-04-16

    South Dakotans prefer the ‘freedom’ of no condoms.

  11. larry kurtz 2022-04-16

    South Dakota isn’t about growth; it’s about keeping Social Security recipients alive long enough to pay the property taxes that sustain red state failure.

    Habitat destruction, lapses in ethics, crime spikes, increased incarceration rates, more people infected with sexually transmitted diseases, the failure of prisons, human trafficking: all mark the terms of Republican governors in South Dakota, ad nauseam, ad infinitum.

  12. mike from iowa 2022-04-16

    Aspirins will be banned as soon as magats remember billionaire Foster Friess suggested women suspend aspirin between knees to prevent her from engaging in sinful activities.

  13. ABC 2022-04-16

    What Larry Kurtz described is the failure of Republicans who have elections the last 40 odd years. Family values in power, families suffer.

    What keeps them in power year after year is the REFUSAL of the 52% of voters (Independents, Democrats, Libertarians and Other) to have any kind of Unity Coalition.

    It’s like they are saying, Hey, We’re 52% of the voters, we LOVE to lose, we are gonna stay disunited, we guarantee to you our fellow voters that we will not unite, and we will keep losing the Governors chair year after year to the 48% that are registered Republican voters.

    Anyone here like to address how the other 4 groups can unite?

  14. All Mammal 2022-04-16

    ABC- I have used every tactic a conniving, depraved, altruistic mind can conjure to get my victims, I mean, acquaintances to vote. I have given more lifts than a taxi, used threats, shouted, whispered, left ominous notes in bible pages, pleaded, recited the Gettysburg Address, alluded to possible cleavage, deviled eggs, brownies, damsel in distress, Amazon warrior, logic, because good people must stop evil, because evil is evil, bribes, blue eyes crying in the rain, laughing at non-voting losers, bullying, peer pressure, patriotism, feminism, pride, posterity, wagering, shaming, etc. I’ve tried it all and will continue until I’m dead. And even then, enough people owe me one to ensure some votes are accomplished posthumously. I’m your faithful hype-man, ABC. Willing/able to enforce whatever suggestions you have.

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