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Belleville, Illinois

Belleville, Illinois is a city in St. Clair County. It is the most populated city south of Springfield in the state of Illinois. It is also the most populated city in the Metro-East region of the Saint Louis metropolitan area. It is close to Scott Air Force Base. The population of Belleville, IL gets a boost from military and federal civilian personnel, military retirees, and defense contractors.

Memorial Hospital Belleville is a facility that can help you with information about STDs, testing, and treatment. We will also look at other options for information about STDs in your area.

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STD Statistics In St. Clair County, IL

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Additional STD Test Statistics in Belleville, IL

St. Clair county has high rates in the state for chlamydia and is number three in the state. Here is how the county compares to several other counties in the state for number of cases and rate per 100,000 people.

St. Clair                1355   529

Shelby                  20        87

Scott                     8          144

Schuyler              5          69

Sangmon            582      308

Saline                    34        127

Rock Island        631      422

This is one example of how St. Clair County Health Department average rates are well above the state average for STDs, excluding Chicago. What applies to chlamydia rates being high also applies to rates for gonorrhea in St. Clair county.

For the St. Clair County Health Department, reducing the spread of STDs is one of the objectives of the St. Clair County Health Department Strategic Plan adopted by the St. Clair County Board of Health. The St. Clair County Health Department has responsibility for preventing disease transmission and maintaining disease control.

So says Marsha Wild who is the infectious disease control manager. She is involved in identifying and reporting infectious disease transmission.

A Center for Disease Control analysis shows that half of all new infections occur among young people aged 15 to 24. This age group accounts for one-fourth of the population.

Stigma, inconsistent or incorrect use of condoms, limited access to health care, and other factors combine to contribute to high STD rates among teens and young adults. HIV rates in St. Clair county are also high when compared to nearby counties with the number of people and percent of population with HIV the following.

St. Clair                559      .27 percent

Monroe               13        .05 percent

Randolph           76        .26 percent

Madison              237      .1 percent

St Louis                1842   .22 percent

Washington      5           .04 percent

Early syphilis cases in St. Clair county increased by 260 percent in 2014. These are disturbing numbers.

Graph of chlamydia rates in belleville illinois from 2013

STD Testing and Sexual Education in Belleville, IL

Illinois Public Act 98-0441 requires schools that teach sex education in any of grades 6 through 12 include instruction on both abstinence and contraception. Schools are to teach with materials that are medically accurate and evidence based. The act also required that the Illinois State Board of Education provide resources to assist schools. This is to secure or adapt instructional material in sex education to comply with the law.

All schools in the state that teach sex education must include accurate information about birth control and STDs. There are over 800 school districts in Illinois and no state agency tracks exactly what kind of sexuality education, if any, each provides. Some in the state are concerned that students are not getting enough information about important sex education topics. The goal of the law is to ensure that students get medically-accurate and age-appropriate information about how to protect themselves against pregnancy and STDs.

Illinois Senator Heather Steans points out that abstinence is the only 100 percent effective way but by the end of senior year in high school about two third of student are saying they have had sex. A recent study across the state of Illinois showed the quality of sex education is not equal in all classrooms. The study looked at these topics.

  • Abstinence until marriage
  • HIV/AIDs
  • Other STDs
  • Contraception

Only about 65 percent of classrooms covered all four topics. The study also found that 93 percent of Illinois schools offer a form of sex education. The topics of HIV/ AIDS and abstinence were most frequently included in Illinois classrooms.  Topics including contraception were less frequently discussed.

Illinois law sets certain standards for sexuality education in the state. In grades six through 12 students must receive instruction on the prevention, transmission, and spread of AIDS.  Any school teaching sexuality education must emphasize abstinence.

Sexually Transmitted Diseases and Demographics in Belleville, IL

Demographics play a role in the number of STDs in your city and area with higher than average rates compared to the country and state. Concerning syphilis, we see an increase in the country in 2015 with 287 cases.

We see an increase of 260 percent in early syphilis cases in St. Clair county in 2014. Here are demographics concerning syphilis.

  • Men account for over 90 percent of primary and secondary cases.
  • Increases in syphilis cases in Illinois in 2013 to 2015 were for men having sex with men, men having sex with women, and women.

In general, concerning STDs, poverty and drug use can be part of the reason for high rates. Poverty can lead to homelessness and this can lead to being forced to have sex to have a place to stay. Victims do not feel that can discuss an STI status or use of a condom in such a situation. With drug use if you are addicted you may not have the money for your next fix. This means you can feel forced to have sex to get money for drugs.

While the number of STIs are the highest among poor black and gay males, we now see these STI numbers grow in more affluent areas. It is affecting young females who are white.

As we see heroin spread we see those who are addicted put themselves into a dangerous situation to get high. Health officials continue to address the high HIV rates among young black men in the area who have sex with men. Some of the people being affected by HIV today are too young to remember when the disease was considered to be a death sentence. They are seeing people living longer with the disease and believe they will be all right.

There are trends, but in general, risk for STDs is highest among people who have multiple sex partners or who don’t use condoms consistently so that is a factor in why rates are so high. Areas with a relatively high rate of poverty and unemployment feed an environment that contributes to rates of STD prevalence.

STI Testing Resources in Belleville, IL

STI testing resources are available in your city and surrounding areas. The Fairview Heights /Planned Parenthood facility could be a place for you to go for information, and testing is for both males and females. It is five miles away from your city. Covered is testing for chlamydia, gonorrhea, herpes, syphilis, and other STDs. The staff is trained to work with someone in your situation, trying to protect your privacy and confidentiality. HIV testing is done with a blood sample from a finger stick, and If are are 19 to 26 with no health insurance, you could get help for an HPV vaccine (Gardisil) at no charge. Medicaid is accepted plus you can book your appointment online.

A service of urgent care centers and walk in clinics is STD testing. This testing includes chlamydia, gonorrhea, hepatitis B and C, herpes, HIV, syphilis and other conditions. Belleville Memorial Hospital can also provide you with information about STDs, testing, and treatment.

This hospital could be a good choice if you are embarrassed to go to Planned Parenthood. Bethany Place is a large non-profit that is a community based AIDS service organization in the Metro East area of St. Louis. It serves twelve counties in southern Illinois. It is located in your city and across the Mississippi River from the Saint Louis Gateway Arch.

St Clair County Health Department is another facility that can help you in your city with its clinic. Clinic offerings include the following.

  • HIV Testing
  • Chlamydia Testing
  • Syphilis Testing
  • Gonorrhea Testing
  • Hepatitis B Vaccine

Southern Illinois Healthcare Foundation Incorporated West Belleville Health Center offers at its clinic:

  • Conventional HIV Blood Testing
  • Chlamydia Testing
  • Syphilis Testing
  • Gonorrhea Testing
  • Herpes Testing
  • Hepatitis B Vaccine
  • HPV Vaccine

Southern Illinois Healthcare Foundation Incorporated Adult Care Center offers at its clinic:

  • Conventional HIV Blood Testing
  • Chlamydia Testing
  • Syphilis Testing
  • Gonorrhea Testing
  • Herpes Testing
  • Hepatitis B Vaccine
  • HPV Vaccine

Southern Illinois Healthcare Foundation Incorporated State Street Center offers at its clinic:

  • Conventional HIV Blood Testing
  • Conventional HIV Oral Testing
  • Chlamydia Testing
  • Syphilis Testing
  • Gonorrhea Testing
  • Hepatitis B Vaccine

Better Sexual Health in Belleville, IL

Whether you go to the Fairview Heights /Planned Parenthood, a high school counsellor or nurse at an area high school, or a clinic or hospital, you can find in your area information about STDs, testing, and treatment. While STD rates are high in your area, help is available in your city in the way of testing and treatment that is confidential, discreet, compassionate, and effective.

Consider how the staff at these facilities is trained to help someone like you, especially with the staff at Planned Parenthood/Fairview Heights Health Center or any other facility reminding you to check your health, improve it, and keep yourself healthy by always using a condom.

Peace of mind is just a click awayDon’t wait any longer than necessary to find out the status of your sexual health. If your test results are positive, seeking treatment sooner can make all the difference.

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