Sexually active individuals must know
The STD risk factors and when to get testing. Having unprotected and multiple sex partners make you susceptible to STDs. If you have never taken the time to find about your sexual health status or if your partner tests positive for any STD you must get tested ASAP. You can get treatment for all kinds of STDs and many such as gonorrhea, syphilis and chlamydia can be effectively cured.
According to reports from the Illinois Department of Public Health, chlamydia was the most frequently reported STD in Springfield and Sangamon County region with 1,369 cases reported in 2012 compared to 28,006 cases in the city of Chicago. The gonorrhea cases declined by 3% from 2011 to 2012 with 485 new infections reported in 2012. Over the same period, there were only 8 cases of syphilis infection reported in 2012 compared to 9 cases the previous year.
The HIV prevalence in Springfield and the greater Sangamon County is relatively low, however, the number of new diagnoses increased from 11 to 18 cases between 2011 and 2012. Women are more prone to chlamydia infections and the CDC recommends that regular testing especially for women in the 15-24 age group.
Chlamydia infections in the state of Illinois were highest among young people in the 15-24 age group accounting for 67% of the total cases. The same age group was the most affected by both syphilis and gonorrhea accounting for 18% and 67% of the infections respectively.
Blacks reported the highest cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and early syphilis. Men who have sex with men account are among the highest risk groups susceptible to HIV and accounted for 65% of the new infections.
Provide our doctors with a brief history of sexual health by going online or calling and answering brief questions. Select the most conveniently located lab among our network labs and visit briefly (20 minutes or less) to offer your samples for testing and still find time to relax at the Washington Park Botanical Garden . Get accurate results within 3 business days or less and start the journey to better sexual health with the help of our medical team.
Get tested, your health matters the most.