Cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and HIV on the rise nationally
are encouraged to get tested for STDs
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[April 29, 2014]
The Illinois Department of Public Health is encouraging residents
who are sexually active to talk with a health care professional
about sexually transmitted diseases and get tested. In the United
States, 20 million new STDs, including 50,000 human immunodeficiency
virus infections, or HIV, occur each year. Almost half of those
cases are among young people age 15 to 24.
Cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis are on the rise in
Illinois. Between 2008 and 2012, reported cases of chlamydia
increased 14 percent, while syphilis increased by 82 percent and
gonorrhea by 15 percent (between 2010 and 2012).
"Getting tested for sexually transmitted diseases and seeking
prompt medical treatment if you find that you are infected can
reduce your risk for further complications and passing the infection
on to others," said Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck, IDPH director. "Knowing the
status of both you and your partner is essential to protecting your
health and stopping the spread of these and other preventable
Chlamydia and gonorrhea are bacterial infections that can easily
be cured with antibiotics; however, most people do not have any
symptoms, and infections are often undiagnosed and untreated.
Syphilis can cause long-term complications or death if not treated
correctly. Symptoms in adults are divided into stages: primary,
secondary, latent and late syphilis. Without treatment, STDs can
cause serious health complications, including infertility among
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Actions you can take to protect yourself against STDs:
Abstinence or reduction of the number of sex partners.
Consistent and correct use of condoms.
Regular screening —
getting tested and treated for STDs.
For more information about STDs, call the HIV/STD Hotline at
800-243-2437 (TTY 800-782-0423) or go to
To find a testing site near you, go to
text "IL" plus your ZIP code to 36363.
Providing essential health information is one way IDPH is
continuing its mission of protecting health, improving lives and
implementing the department’s five-year strategy. For a copy of the
click here (PDF).
Illinois Department of Public
Health file received from the
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