Sexually Transmitted Diseaseas (STDs) are some of the most commonly reported diseases in the United States. It is estimated that there are almost 20 million new STD infections each year in the United States. Of these new infections, half are among young people age 15-24. Many STDs can be easily diagnosed and treated. It is common that many people will not have any symptoms when they are infected with an STD. This makes screening for STDs important to prevent serious health problems from untreated STD infections.
Ways to protect yourself from getting an STD are:
- Using Condoms
- Being in a Mutually Monogamus Relationship
- Reducing your Number of Sex Partners
If you have questions or would like to speak to a hotline resource counselor, please call the HIV/STD Hotline at 1-800-243-2437.
To learn more about STDs in general, see RESOURCES and PUBLICATIONS in the right-hand column. For STD data and statistics, see IQUERY and/or data.illinois.gov under RESOURCES.
To find more information on a specific STD, please see the Diseases A-Z list in the left-hand navigation.