Just one Wisconsin city ranked high on a recent list of U.S. cities with the highest sexually transmitted disease (STD) rates. Getting an STD can be extremely embarrassing but unfortunately, many people get them and pass those diseases on to others.

This report not only has just one Wisconsin city on this list but that Wisconsin city is in the top 10 places with the highest STD rates.

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Getting The STD Numbers

Researchers at Innerbody conducted their annual study to find which cities in the U.S. statistically have the highest STD rates. Only one Wisconsin city made this list but made it in the top 10. Using resources like the CDC’s latest STD Surveillance Statistics, Innerbody Research showed the trends for 2023.

"For our 6th annual study of STD rates, Innerbody Research analyzed the latest statistics on a city-by-city basis and developed our list of the Top 100 cities with the highest STD rates. In this year’s report, the city with the highest STD rate was Memphis, TN, overtaking Jackson, MS, which moved to 2nd."

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One Wisconsin City Has On Of The Highest STD Rates

This study not only shows how STD rates are increasing in some major American cities but also brings awareness to STDs and how to prevent them. If you live in this major Wisconsin city, be careful who you are sleeping with because it could get you a trip to your doctor.

Coming in as the state with the 7th highest STD rate in the U.S., it's the biggest city in the Badger State, Milwaukee, WI.


Milwaukee, WI has a high number of overall STD cases per 100,000 people. They also have a high number of Chlamydia, Syphilis, HIV, and Gonorrhea cases.

Iowa & Illinois Also Had Cities On This List

If you live in Wisconsin's neighboring states of Iowa and Illinois, don't be poking fun too quickly. Iowa and Illinois both had one city land on this list.

Just outside of the top 20 states with the highest STD rates, at number 28, Des Moines, IA.

  • #28 - Des Moines, IA
    • STD Cases / 100K - 891
    • HIV Cases - 37
    • Chlamydia Cases - 3,813
    • Gonorrhea Cases - 2,199
    • Syphilis Cases - 151
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And below that in the top 50, at number 41 to be exact, Chicago, IL.


  • #41 - Chicago, IL
    • STD Cases / 100K - 822
    • HIV Cases - 868
    • Chlamydia Cases - 47,885
    • Gonorrhea Cases - 20,524
    • Syphilis Cases - 2,316

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