What are the STI test options in Belleville,IL?
St. Clair County, across the border from St. Louis, Missouri, has higher STD rates than the surrounding counties. Some of these numbers may be due to the proximity of Scott Air Force Base, as active military bases tend to bring up STD rates. In 2015, St. Clair County had an HIV prevalence rate of 315 per 100K people.
What health officials most worry about is the fact that there are more people out there who have not been tested, and they may be unknowingly infecting others.
The social stigma surrounding HIV and other STDs, especially directed toward minorities, gay and bisexual men, and the poor, may prevent people from coming in for testing. In 2017, St. Clair County had 2,219 chlamydia cases, at a rate of 821.7 per 100K people, which is high for Illinois. The gonorrhea and (primary and secondary) syphilis rates were 340.7 and 12.6.
Belleville has some STD-testing clinics, including a Christian-run clinic that provides counseling for pregnant women and provides free STD testing, but only for chlamydia and gonorrhea.
Planned Parenthood at Lakeland Square Laundry tests for STIs and treats all except HIV. The fee is on a sliding scale based on your income. The St. Clair County Health Department on Public Square provides STD testing, also on a sliding scale (bring proof of income).