As you make your weekend plans - especially you singles - please keep in mind Louisiana has claimed the number two ranking nationally on a rather dreadful list published by the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention.

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In three measured sexually transmitted diseases, Louisiana ranks number two in cases of syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia. The CDC released the report in late September. As a matter of good health, one cool idea for this weekend's entertainment is to stay home and study the full report here.

Sadly, many babies are born with syphilis, a condition that can be treated prenatally with straightforward antibiotics, but the parents-to-be must have a simple STD test.

With a little thought and pre-planning, virtually all of these hideous conditions can be prevented.

But everyone looks better at closing time in the neon glow of unplanned short-term love, especially when you've been lubricating your gears for hours with liquid intoxicants. Remember, if you ever have to ask over breakfast: "What was your name again?", you might consider having an STD test.