Understanding McLean County’s Low STD Rates


MCLEAN COUNTY, Ill. (WGLT) — McLean County reports lower sexually transmitted disease rates than its most similar Central Illinois neighbors, but the director of the Illinois Department of Public Health said that could point to a problem.

McLean County last year reported 956 cases of chlamydia, compared to over 1,700 cases reported in Peoria County. Champaign and Sangamon counties fall in between with 1,637 and 1,466 cases reported, respectively.

“I don’t think it’s over calling it to say that we have a problem with STIs,” IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike said. “I think we don’t want to discourage testing, we absolutely want to promote testing. And usually the more you test something, the more you’ll find it.”

Peoria County also reported the highest rate of gonorrhea last year with 641 confirmed cases, ahead of Champaign (603), Sangamon (480), and McLean (210) counties.

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