It is documented that in 2015 there were only 606 people living with HIV in Dupage County, although in Cook County there are over 25,500 people currently living with HIV. As Barlett is located in both Dupage and Cook Counties, these statistics indicate that residents in the area have a high risk of catching HIV and STDs
As there are such high rates of HIV among residents in Cook County, health officials urge those living in Bartlett to undergo regular STD and HIV tests.
In 2018 Cook County experienced nearly 700 cases of Chlamydia per every 100,000 residents. In addition, HIV is at an all-time high in Cook County and Bartlett. Those most at risk of contracting HIV in Barlett are men who engage in male-to-male sexual contact.
As a result of this worrying data, health officials in Cook County and Bartlett have implemented a number of initiatives to limit the spread of disease and educate local residents. An example of these initiatives is the funding that the state has received from the president in an aim to end the HIV epidemic by 2030. Furthermore, anonymous and free STD tests and educational programs have been made more accessible for residents of Cook County.
Whilst HIV and STDs are becoming increasingly common in Bartlett and Cook County, health officials in the area hope to have eradicated the STD and HIV epidemic by 2030 and are promoting the use of STD and HIV testing services. Therefore, there are a number of public testing centers in the Barlett area including Access Community Health Network (Martin T Russo Family Health Center), Renz Addiction Counseling Center (HIV Prevention Program), and Open Door Health Center of Illinois (Elgin Health Center). There are also a number of private clinics available locally.