SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- The Illinois
Department of Public Health is opening its annual conference on HIV and
sexually transmitted diseases with a "Save Lives, Condomize" giveaway
Public health department director Dr. LaMar
Hasbrouck, who will be present for the handout Wednesday, notes condom use
decreases the risk of sexually transmitted diseases and new HIV cases.
The two-day public health conference will
draw hundreds of health care providers, educators and advocates statewide.
Participants will trade information and develop strategies to prevent the
spread of the HIV virus, AIDS and other STDs.
ranks 7th nationally in the diagnosis of HIV infections and is 5th in the
estimated number of AIDS cases. Cook
County leads nationwide
in reported gonorrhea and primary and secondary syphilis cases. It's second for
reported Chlamydia cases.