to 399.8 per 100,000.To put this in perspective, the national average is 394 -- and the worst spots, Memphis and Milwaukee, tallied 890 and 672, respectively. Apparently, living in a city that begins with the letter "M" increases one's chances for contracting chlamydia.
From '06 to '07, our rate-per-100,000 for this disease actually dropped from 144.2
to 136.2. Hey, let's put that on our tourism literature -- but don't mention that the national average is only 129.4. The most gonorrhea-friendly locales in the nation: Memphis and Milwaukee -- again! (373 and 328.5 -- do they sell perforated condoms in cities that begin with "M"?).
Once again, we've got a good-news, bad-news thing going here: Our rates have dropped (8.7
to 7.4) but still top the national average (5.7). Memphis and Milwaukee lose their bid for the Triple Crown -- the most syphilis-happy locale in the U.S. is Birmingham, Al. (17.2). Competing strongly were New Orleans (16.4), Memphis (Damn! 16.3), and Atlanta and San Diego (11.8).
The lesson -- as always -- involves condoms and whatnot. And if ever in a city starting with an "M," bring your own. Theirs are no good, apparently.