Why is this Important to Me?
In 2014, Peoria County ranked 2nd highest rates of chlamydia and gonorrhea in Illinois. STDs continue to be a problem, especially for Peoria County.
Should I get Tested for STDs?
According to the CDC:
- All adults and adolescents from ages 13 to 64 should be tested at least once for HIV.
- Annual chlamydia and gonorrhea screening of all sexually active women younger than 25 years. Women over 25 who are at risk for STDs should also be tested.
- Screening at least once a year for syphilis, chlamydia, and gonorrhea for all sexually active gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (MSM). MSM who have multiple or anonymous partners should be screened more frequently for STDs (i.e., at 3-to-6 month intervals).
- Anyone who has unsafe sex or shares injection drug equipment should get tested for HIV at least once a year. Sexually active gay and bisexual men may benefit from more frequent testing (e.g., every 3 to 6 months)
What is Expedited Partner Therapy?
When a person comes in to get tested for an STD and the results come back positive, they are treated for the STD. The person can then be offered a prescription to give to their partner(s) to also be treated for the STD. This allows the partner(s) to be treated for the STD without needing to be seen.
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