The "State by State Safer Sex Index," sponsored by the makers of Trojan™ Brand Condoms, ranks states on eight indicators of sexual health drawn from the main set of sexual health indicators used in the Third Edition of the Sexual Health Rankings.
States are scored on two measures of safer sex: sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and contraception. These scores are added to get an overall safer-sex score for each state. The 50 states are ranked from first to last by their overall score, with the No. 1 rank going to the state with the highest score.The highest-ranking states in the State by State Safer Sex Index have the highest scores for STD prevention and contraception. The lowest-ranking states have lowest scores for both measures. Each measure is made up of four closely associated indicators:
More details about the statistical methods used to produce the State by State Safer Sex Index can be found at the Sexual Health Rankings Web site.
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Each state's Safer Sex score is a combination of the STD measure and Contraception measure.
The STD measure includes the values for HIV, rate of Syphilis cases and rate of Gonorrhea cases that count against a state's score for the STD measure, as higher rates are negatively linked to safer sex. The value for HIV testing indicator is inverted and counts toward the score in the STD measure because more testing is a good thing.
The Contraception measure includes the values for teaching condom use, sex ed, contraception and STD/HIV education. These scores contribute positively to the Contraception measure, while the teen birth indicator counts against the score, as Teen birth rates tend to be lower in states that require schools to teach contraception in sex-ed and STD/HIV prevention programs, and where high schools teach essential information about condom use.
TROJAN™ Brand Condoms are America's #1 condom and have been trusted for over 90 years. As the most trusted name in protection, Trojan™ continues to be a leader in the sexual health arena and remains dedicated to mainstreaming the conversation and sharing positive messages on sexual health in this country. By partnering with Variance, LLC for the State by State Safer Sex Index, the brand is continuing its commitment to providing sexually active Americans with accessible information and products that provide protection and enhance pleasure. With nearly 20 million new cases of STDs occurring every year, and only one in three sex acts involving a condom, there’s clearly room for improvement and the time is right for an honest conversation on the state of sexual health in America. By drawing attention to this issue and serving as a catalyst for information and improvement, we hope to influence sexually active Americans to make smart decisions about their sexual health.