Yesterday the Center for Disease Control published findings
indicating that Baltimore has surpassed St. Louis as the most chlamydia-infested region of the country.
In 2008, 1,235 people per 100,000 residents in St. Louis had chlamydia for a total of 4,300 total cases. Baltimore had a higher infection rate of 1,321 per 100,000 people.
Yesterday came news, too, that St. Louis is also no longer No. 1 among people with gonorrhea. That title now goes to Richmond, Virginia.
In that city nearly 639 people out of 100,000 have the clap. In St. Louis it's 539 people per 100,000.
St. Louisans reported a total of 1,890 cases of gonorrhea in 2008 -- or 500 fewer than in 2007.
St. Louis was No. 1 per capita in cases of chlamydia and
gonorrhea in 2006 and 2007 and has ranked in the top five
(warning link NSFW) of cities plagued by the STDs since 2000.
St. Louis shares many things in common with Baltimore, Maryland. We have the same brick infrastructure, the same *&%@ed up government, the same run-away crime and -- now -- the same STD.