(KFVS) - The Illinois Department of Public Health is encouraging residents to discuss sexual health and get tested during National STD Awareness Month in April.
According to the IDPH, nationwide, there are an estimated 19 million new STD infections annually with nearly half of all cases occurring in young people aged 15 to 24. They say Illinois ranks in the top 10 in the nation for the number of reported cases for the two most common STDs: gonorrhea and chlamydia.
“Most STDs are treatable and many are curable. Early detection through testing is key, and increased screening, especially among high-risk populations, is critical to detect and treat infections, some of which are asymptomatic,” said IDPH Acting Director Dr. Arthur Kohrman. “We are fortunate in Illinois to be able to provide access to comprehensive information about STDs, as well as clinics to get tested.”