STDs continue rising in Champaign County

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CHAMPAIGN COUNTY, Ill. (WAND) – Champaign County has seen reported sexually transmitted diseases increase in the last several years.

From 2016 to 2017, records from the Illinois Department of Public Health show the county saw chlamydia and gonorrhea rates rise by 20 percent and 42 percent, respectively. In numbers comparing the first six months of 2017 to the first half of 2018, gonorrhea rose by 39 percent, while chlamydia dropped by 13 percent.

Champaign County had 1,704 cases of chlamydia reported in all of 2017 and 518 cases of gonorrhea. It had 1,423 chlamydia cases and 364 gonorrhea reports in the previous year.

Numbers in Champaign County are much higher compared to Macon County and Sangamon County. Macon County only saw a percentage change higher than 10 percent when comparing the first half of 2017 to that of 2018, when gonorrhea moved from 162 cases to 183 cases. It had 375 cases of chlamydia reported in that time frame – an increase of only 2 percent.

Sangamon County saw reported gonorrhea cases drop by 46 percent in the first six months of 2018 compared to the same time frame in 2017, with numbers falling from 316 to 170.

Full STD report charts for each county can be found in PDF documents below.

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