syphilis St. Louis Still Ranks Second In The U.S. For Two Common STDs By Véronique LaCapra • Jan 8, 2014 Via Flickr/meddygarnet St. Louis continues to have some of the highest rates of two common sexually transmitted diseases in the country. According to data released on Wednesday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, St. Louis ranked second highest among U.S. cities for per capita rates of chlamydia and gonorrhea. Would You Want An Award With A Tainted Name? By Véronique LaCapra • Mar 8, 2013 Commons/Leonardo da Vinci, Galleria dell' Accademia, Venice (1485-90) Last summer, St. Louis Public Radio’s Véronique LaCapra began a conversation about some of the ethical issues involved when people are used as the subjects of scientific research. STD rates up in the St. Louis area, according to CDC report By Véronique LaCapra • Nov 17, 2011 Updated with full data tables at 2:09 p.m. (see below) Rates of three sexually transmitted diseases are up in the St. Louis area, according to an annual report released today by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.