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 campaign.
Public Health Director LaMar Hasbrouck will be present for the handout Wednesday. He 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 HIV and other STDs.
Illinois ranks seventh nationally in the diagnosis of HIV infections and is fifth 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.
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