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As dating apps are blamed for rise in STD's, N.C. is 3rd most diseased state, report says

BackgroundChecks.org ranked the states with the most STDs, and North Carolina has found itself close to the top in one of the last lists residents might want to be on.

South Carolina is also on notice for an alarmingly high position. In fact, most of the southern U.S. makes an appearance in the top ten.

According to a press release, the report released on February 7, 2017 used a combination of STD data published by the CDC, local county and state health data, and social media surveys to create a comprehensive look at the state of STDs in the U.S.

North Carolina ranked #3 on list of most diseased states.

Here's the top 10:

  1. Alaska
  2. Louisiana
  3. North Carolina
  4. Mississippi
  5. New Mexico
  6. South Carolina
  7. Georgia
  8. Oklahoma
  9. Arkansas
  10. Alabama

The states with the least problematic STD problems were New Hampshire, West Virginia, Maine, Vermont, Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, Massachusetts, Connecticut and New Jersey.

"Everyone should enjoy themselves this Valentine's Day", said Trent Wilson, co-author of the research. "We just want people to be a little bit more aware and take the necessary precautions. The amount of STDs out there are staggering, and it's all completely preventable."

STDs reached an all-time high in 2016, according to data released late last year by the CDC. Much of the rise has been attributed to dating apps like as Tinder and Grindr.

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The full report with graphics is available here.

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