'Get Yourself Tested' at DuPage County Health Department

Mon April 4, 2011

DUPAGE COUNTY- The DuPage County Health Department launched its "Get Yourself Tested" initiative on Monday, which strives to increase public awareness about the importance of getting tested for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). 

The Department's announcement coincides with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National observance of STD Awareness Month, which is held every April.  

The Health Department's STD Clinic offers confidential, routine screening for Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Syphilis and HIV. A focused physical exam for other STDs and treatment, if needed, is also available.  Screenings are by appointment only. The fee is $50, and parental consent is not required for persons 12 years of age and older (per Illinois state law).

In DuPage County, two out of three cases of Chlamydia and Gonorrhea occur in people under 25 years of age. DuPage County cases of Chlamydia have risen 81 percent since 2000.

Most STDS do not have any symptoms. If you are sexually active, get tested for STDs once a year and more frequently if you have a new sexual partner.

Residents should also know the "ABCs" when it comes to protecting themselves from STDs:

·        Abstinence. The only 100 percent way to protect against a STD and unwanted pregnancy is to not have sex.
·        Be faithful. Being in a monogamous relationship with your partner can reduce the risk of STD transmission.
·        Condoms. They protect against STDs and unwanted pregnancy.          

For more information, or to schedule an appointment, please call the Health Department at (630) 682-7400.

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'Get Yourself Tested' at DuPage County Health Department