Cases of reported sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) syphilis, chlamydia and gonorrhea have risen dramatically in DuPage County since 2000. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that syphilis, once nearing elimination, is thriving.
April is STD Awareness Month. The DuPage County Health Department (DCHD) recommends that all sexually active people protect themselves from getting STDs.
The following statistics represent a dramatic increase in the number of cases from 2000 to 2015 in DuPage County:
- Early syphilis – 42, up 425 percent
- Gonorrhea – 307, up of 50 percent
- Chlamydia – 2,382, up 226 percent
Chlamydia is the most common notifiable disease in the U.S. as well as in Illinois and DuPage County. Young persons aged 15-24 years represent 64 percent of reported chlamydia cases. The chlamydia case rate for DuPage County females is more than twice the rate for males (352.7 cases per 100,000 population vs. 161.1 per 100,000).
Testing for STDs is important because most STDs do not produce signs or symptoms initially. Prompt treatment is essential to reduce the chance of spreading the disease and eliminate the health consequences that may occur.
Prevention is also critical. In addition to screening of sexually active persons and their partners, the most reliable way to avoid transmission of STDs is to abstain from sexual contact (i.e., oral, vaginal, or anal sex) or to be in a long-term, mutually monogamous relationship with an uninfected partner. Condoms, when used consistently and correctly, can reduce the risk of transmission of STDs.
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