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April is National Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD) Awareness Month

This year's message: "Treat me Right"

Post Date:04/13/2018 9:47 AM

Contact Keri Zaleski
815-334-4456; cell 815-236-3238

WOODSTOCK IL – McHenry County Department of Health (MCDH) joins the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in acknowledging April as the annual STD awareness month.  According to 2016 statistics from the CDC, sexually transmitted disease (STD) rates are increasing.  Nearly 20 million new sexually transmitted infections occur every year.  That’s more than three times the population of Wisconsin and more than six times the population of Iowa.

Jan Engelking, RN, BSN, MSN, Communicable Disease Coordinator for MCDH, says, “According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, from 2015 to 2016 we saw an increase of 17% in McHenry County for Chlamydia, Gonorrhea and early stage Syphilis.  For those diseases during the same time, the State experienced an 8% increase.”  

“Treat me right” is this year’s theme.  Most STD infections can be easily treated and cured.  MCDH reminds residents that confidential STD diagnostic testing and treatment is available by appointment at our Crystal Lake and Woodstock locations.  Call MCDH at 815-334-4500 for more information or to schedule an appointment.  To learn more about STDs, visit the CDC www.cdc.gov/std.

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