Who hasn’t gone to Google thinking, “oh my god, do I have, XYZ?”
According to a recent survey, “Dr. Google,” is the number one source for health information for most Americans, with folks googling symptoms every day from the coronavirus to cancer!
But, have you ever wondered what is the most googled disease on the internet? The answer to that question is hands down “HPV.” 18 states counted that virus as their most Googled disease. This shouldn’t be any surprise: HPV, short for Human Papillomavirus, the most common sexually transmitted disease in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than 79 million Americans are infected with this disease, which can be passed via sexual intercourse.
If you would like to know what is the most googled disease where you live, thanks to Google’s publicly available data, we can see how residents of every state vary when it comes to health concerns.
Here’s the most Googled disease in every single state, as compiled by TermLife2Go:
Alaska: Asthma, Stroke, Liver disease
Delaware: Liver disease
Florida: Cancer, HPV
Illinois: Relapsing Polychondritis
Indiana: Diabetes, HPV
Kentucky: Emphysema, Asthma
Maine: Heart disease, Ebola virus, Lyme disease
Mississippi: AIDS, Multiple sclerosis
Montana: Rheumatoid arthritis, Celiac
New Hampshire: Celiac
New Jersey: Colitis
New Mexico: Diabetes
New York: Cancer, HPV, Colitis, Crohn’s
North Carolina: HPV
North Dakota: Liver disease
Rhode Island: HPV
South Carolina: Scleroderma
South Dakota: Diabetes
West Virginia: COPD, Stroke, Kidney disease, Rheumatoid arthritis
Wisconsin: Diabetes, Celiac
Wyoming: Pulmonary hypertension, Crohn’s
It seems as if a state’s most Googled diseases often reflect regional concerns. While HPV was the most searched disease in the western and southern sections of America, Alzheimer’s Disease was the most searched disease in Massachusetts and Vermont, both New England states. This matches with the residents of this state, as recent census data indicates that New England has one of the highest percentage of residents over the age of 65 in the entire country.
Some states stood out for their uniqueness. Illinois was the only state which counted “Relapsing Polychondritis” as its most searched disease. Maine seems to be the only state which is worried enough about Ebola to make it its most Googled disorder, and only Minnesota topped the list for its searches of Epilepsy.