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Recently the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) proposed adoption of rules for the sexually transmissible disease code.
After consultation with medical providers, agencies that provide services to youth, community members, and persons living with HIV and STDs and other service providers, the AIDS Foundation of Chicago, AIDS Legal Council of Chicago, and Howard Brown Health Center submitted comments on the proposed rules.
AFC, ALCC, and Howard Brown believe that identifying individuals with STIs and HIV and linkage to care is a national and state goal to prevent or avert infections. When individuals have early access to STDs and HIV testing and treatment it dramatically reduces transmission of diseases and increases the likelihood that individuals stay healthier which contains long-term cost for the state.