Illinois: Health Officials Want to Reduce Peoria County STD Rate
May 6, 2010
In June, officials with the Peoria City/County Health Department will act as facilitators at a community forum to discuss the county's high STD rate among teens and young adults. Peoria is among the top five counties for chlamydia and gonorrhea reports among Illinois teens and young adults, said Greg Chance, the department's administrator. Most cases are in residents ages 15-24, and in the city one out of every 16 teenagers has an STD.
"Hopefully, we can begin to peel the layers of the onion of the contributing factors leading up to the incidence of the rate we are experiencing," Chance said. "We need to talk about sexual health in Peoria County and also the high teen pregnancy rate, so we as a community can determine what we want to do."
"I'm not confident those kinds of discussions have opened up previously, especially with such a lightning rod issue as sexual health," said Chance. "There are very strong feelings in the community about it, and we believe the first step is open and frank dialogue beginning in everybody's household between parents and children; parents and schools; the faith community; and the medical community."
Peoria Journal Star
04.29.2010; Catharine Schaidle
This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.