Surely, you guys have wondered about the prevalence of sexually transmitted diseases in various Texas counties. You haven't? Well RentApplication.com is here with an interactive map to tell us all about it anyway, titled "These Are the Most Sexually Diseased Cities in the USA." The website provides data on syphilis, gonorrhea and chlamydia gleaned from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, rolling the numbers into a metric showing sexually infected persons per 100,000 residents (apparently graded by urine color, but we digress).
Some of the leading cities for STD rates are easy to guess — if you leave New Orleans without catching something, you've probably done something wrong — but there's a glaring commonality to 30 percent of the top 10 that we didn't think of initially: Three of the cities' populations are dominated by nearby military bases. It seems some of the stereotypes about sailors are true.
Texas' only entrant in the naughty 10 is among that group. Killeen, presumably helped by Fort Hood, comes in at number nine, with 1,512 STDs per 100,000 residents.
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Dallas County barely has half that many cases, with 804 per 100,000 residents. That's just fewer than Travis County's 809 and more than El Paso County's 773. Bexar County's got it the worst of Texas' population centers (851) and Harris County's got it the best (718).
Clearly, the armed forces are slacking with the educational films.
Dallas County Health and Human Services will test you for any of the above measured conditions, as well as HIV and herpes, at its headquarters on Stemmons Freeway for $20.