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Top Twelve States That Have the Safest Sex and Where Colorado Finishes

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New Jersey
Ranked # 5


STD Indicators

HIV diagnoses, rate per 100k: 21.11
Gonorrhea cases, rate per 100k: 79.1
Syphilis cases, rate per 100k: 2.6
% adults ever tested for HIV: 36.7

Contraception Indicators

Births to mothers aged 15-19, rate per 1,000: 16.7
% high schools taught essential condom use topics: 85.4
State mandates sex education in schools must cover contraception: Yes
State mandates STD/HIV education in schools must cover contraception: Yes

Rhode Island
Ranked # 6


STD Indicators

HIV diagnoses, rate per 100k: 14.03
Gonorrhea cases, rate per 100k: 43.2
Syphilis cases, rate per 100k: 4.3
% adults ever tested for HIV: 34.8

Contraception Indicators

Births to mothers aged 15-19, rate per 1,000: 19.9
% high schools taught essential condom use topics: 52.2
State mandates sex education in schools must cover contraception: Yes
State mandates STD/HIV education in schools must cover contraception: Yes

West Virginia
Ranked # 7


STD Indicators

HIV diagnoses, rate per 100k: 6.58
Gonorrhea cases, rate per 100k: 57.3
Syphilis cases, rate per 100k: 0.8
% adults ever tested for HIV: 32.7

Contraception Indicators

Births to mothers aged 15-19, rate per 1,000: 44.1
% high schools taught essential condom use topics: 63.5
State mandates sex education in schools must cover contraception: Yes
State mandates STD/HIV education in schools must cover contraception: Yes

Washington
Ranked # 8


STD Indicators

HIV diagnoses, rate per 100k: 9.47
Gonorrhea cases, rate per 100k: 63.3
Syphilis cases, rate per 100k: 4.1
% adults ever tested for HIV: 37.5

Contraception Indicators

Births to mothers aged 15-19, rate per 1,000: 23.4
% high schools taught essential condom use topics: 63.3
State mandates sex education in schools must cover contraception: Yes
State mandates STD/HIV education in schools must cover contraception: Yes

Idaho
Ranked # 9


STD Indicators

HIV diagnoses, rate per 100k: 2.99
Gonorrhea cases, rate per 100k: 13.2
Syphilis cases, rate per 100k: 0.9
% adults ever tested for HIV: 30

Contraception Indicators

Births to mothers aged 15-19, rate per 1,000: 28.3
% high schools taught essential condom use topics: 34.3
State mandates sex education in schools must cover contraception: No
State mandates STD/HIV education in schools must cover contraception: No

Oregon
Ranked # 10


STD Indicators

HIV diagnoses, rate per 100k: 7.96
Gonorrhea cases, rate per 100k: 44.3
Syphilis cases, rate per 100k: 6.8
% adults ever tested for HIV: 36.5

Contraception Indicators

Births to mothers aged 15-19, rate per 1,000: 23.8
% high schools taught essential condom use topics: 62.5
State mandates sex education in schools must cover contraception: Yes
State mandates STD/HIV education in schools must cover contraception: Yes

Montana
Ranked # 11


STD Indicators

HIV diagnoses, rate per 100k: 2.62
Gonorrhea cases, rate per 100k: 22.3
Syphilis cases, rate per 100k: 0.5
% adults ever tested for HIV: 31.4

Contraception Indicators

Births to mothers aged 15-19, rate per 1,000: 28.8
% high schools taught essential condom use topics: 37.6
State mandates sex education in schools must cover contraception: No
State mandates STD/HIV education in schools must cover contraception: No

Colorado
Ranked # 12


STD Indicators

HIV diagnoses, rate per 100k: 9.58
Gonorrhea cases, rate per 100k: 54.4
Syphilis cases, rate per 100k: 3.1
% adults ever tested for HIV: 37

Contraception Indicators

Births to mothers aged 15-19, rate per 1,000: 25.4
% high schools taught essential condom use topics: 36.4
State mandates sex education in schools must cover contraception: Yes
State mandates STD/HIV education in schools must cover contraception: Yes

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