The best and worst colleges for sexual health

Aug 25, 2016 by

Chlamydia risk appears to be highest after holiday breaks

By Mike Moffitt –

A new study of sexual health on college campuses suggests that chlamydia outbreaks among students occur soon after major holidays or breaks.

The education-analysis site examined Google Trends results of health-related searches in the United States containing the phrase “chlamydia symptoms” between June 2015 and June 2016. The two highest peaks for searches were late September, coinciding with the start of colleges on the quarter system, and mid-January, when students of both semester and quarter colleges return to school after Christmas break.

Lesser peaks occurred at Thanksgiving, Spring Break and Memorial Day.

Google searches for "chlamydia symptoms" seem to correspond with holiday breaks at colleges. Photo:


Google searches for “chlamydia symptoms” seem to correspond with holiday breaks at colleges.

The proximity of breaks to upswings in sexually transmitted disease searches may indicate that students are more likely to be exposed to chlamydia at times when they face less academic pressure and devote more time to socializing.

Where are students most likely to contract chlamydia or another STD? The Southeast, and especially the Deep South, has the dubious honor of having the highest rates.

STD rates are lowest in the Northeast, Northwest and Western states from Nevada to Nebraska.

TheStateofEducation ranked the nation’s healthiest schools — and the 10 least healthy — based on county STD rate, campus sexual assault rate, and campus sexual health and education resources including contraceptive and condom availability, STD testing options, sex assault services and resources. (Colleges don’t reveal specific STD rates for their student populations.)

Nationally, Marquette is rated as the worst college for sexual health, according to Photo:


Nationally, Marquette is rated as the worst college for sexual health, according to

The healthy winner was Oregon State. On the other end of the scale was Marquette University, whose 1,236 STDs per 100,000 record was one of the nation’s worst.

California universities and colleges fell in the middle of the pack. To see the state’s top-10 and bottom-10, click on the above slideshow.

Since 1984, the U.S. chlamydia rate has increased by 6,917 percent while gonorrhea and syphilis rates have fallen by 70 and 32 percent respectively. Since 2009, however, gonorrhea has been making a comeback.

How do you know if you have chlamydia? It can be hard to tell, according to WebMD. The medical website notes that 75% of infections in women and 50% in men are without symptoms.

For women, the symptoms are:

Abnormal vaginal discharge that may have an odor
Bleeding between periods
Painful periods
Abdominal pain with fever
Pain when having sex
Itching or burning in or around the vagina
Pain when urinating

Symptoms for men are:

Small amounts of clear or cloudy discharge from the tip of the penis
Painful urination
Burning and itching around the opening of the penis
Pain and swelling around the testicles



The southern third of the country accounts for most of the nation's chlamydia cases. Photo:


The southern third of the country accounts for most of the nation’s chlamydia cases.

Source: The best and worst Calif. colleges for sexual health – SFGate

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