We usually do not track the latest STD data, but this one is quite remarkable. Alaskan officials are reporting a 69 percent increase in gonorrhea in just one year — 2008 to 2009. This is one area where viewers might not want to “follow me there” to Alaska, as touted on the Sarah Palin’s Alaska.
The new U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report reveals the increase and officials are scrambling to educate the public. Alaska ranks ninth in the nation for its rate of gonorrhea — up from the mid-twenties and is the second highest for chlamydia. When Palin promises to open up “the wonder and majesty of Alaska to all Americans,” she was probably not considering the STD records being set in the state.
By the way, while STDs are rising, ratings are falling for the show.