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Health department offers STI tests

WOODSTOCK – The McHenry County Department of Health offers confidential testing for sexually transmitted infections by appointment at its Woodstock location, 2200 N. Seminary Ave, Building B.

The low-cost testing includes screening for chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis and HIV.

Although some of these infections will not cause harm, some have the potential to cause serious health problems, especially if not diagnosed and treated early.

In McHenry County, chlamydia cases dropped slightly in 2012 (339) from cases reported in 2011 (347) but the health department reported a recent increase in January 2013 (56 cases) versus December 2012 (35 cases).

Sexually active young women under 25 should be screened yearly, as chlamydia often does not have symptoms. Untreated chlamydia can cause pelvic inflammatory disease, which can lead to sterility. Anyone who is not in a mutually monogamous relationship should be tested for sexually transmitted infections once a year.

For information or to schedule an appointment, call 815-334-4500. To learn about sexually transmitted infections, visit www.cdc.gov/std.

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