New CDC Study Demonstrates Critial Need for Medically Accurate, Age-Appropriate Education and Treatment to Protect Against Sexually Transmitted Infections


Sara Knaub 312.592.6841
Lara Philipps 312.592.6820

Published: | Updated: 01.15.09

CHICAGO, IL — Planned Parenthood of Illinois (PPIL) was definitely concerned over the findings of a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report indicating high rates of sexually transmitted infections (STI), particularly among women, and reinforced the need to take action to reduce these alarming numbers.

“The results of this study are no surprise to Planned Parenthood, “ said Steve Trombley, PPIL President & CEO. “We have been saying for years that women, men and particularly teens need to know how to protect themselves against sexually transmitted infections. In order to make responsible decisions, they need access to medically accurate and age-appropriate information, as well as access to affordable health care, which includes STI testing and treatment.”

According to the CDC, more than 1.4 million cases of chlamydia and gonorrhea were reported in the U.S. in 2007, and the number of reported syphilis cases continued to increase. Illinois ranked 10th out of 50 states for the most chlamydia cases in 2007 and 9th out of 50 states in gonorrhea cases. A separate CDC report released January 7, 2009 found that teen birthrates have risen significantly in 26 states.

“In the past decade, $1.5 billion state and federal tax dollars have been wasted on ineffective abstinence-only programs that have failed to teach young people how to protect themselves from sexually transmitted infections and unintended pregnancies,” said Trombley. “With 750,000 U.S. teens becoming pregnant this year and nearly four million contracting an STI, it’s time to put that money toward programs that teach people how to protect their health and make responsible decisions.”

Planned Parenthood health centers nationwide annually provide millions of women, men and teens with sexual and reproductive health care services and medically accurate sex education. In 2007, Planned Parenthood affiliates provided STI testing and treatment to more than three million patients.

For more information about STIs, please visit or call 1-800-PLAN to reach your nearest Planned Parenthood health center.


Planned Parenthood of Illinois (PPIL) provides affordable high-quality reproductive health care services to women and families throughout Illinois.  Through care services, educational programs, and advocacy efforts, PPIL ensures and protects the reproductive rights of each individual. 

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