WOODSTOCK – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that there are about 19 million new sexually transmitted infections in the United States each year.
CDC’s new estimates show that America’s youth (those under the age of 25) shoulder a significant burden, representing half of all new STIs in this country.
All sexually transmitted infections are treatable, most are curable, and many people do not have symptoms when they become infected.
The McHenry County Department of Health offers confidential, low-cost testing by appointment at its Woodstock location, 2200 N. Seminary Ave., Building B. It includes screening for chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis and HIV (human immunodeficiency virus).
In McHenry County, chlamydia cases dropped slightly in 2012 (339) from cases reported in 2011 (347). As of July 31 of this year, the health department reported 302 cases of chlamydia as compared with 222 cases for the same time last year.
Sexually active young women under 25 years of age are especially vulnerable to sexually transmitted infections and should be screened yearly. 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 illnesses once a year.
For information or to schedule an appointment, call the health department at 815-334-4500. To learn more, visit CDC www.cdc.gov/std.