The Cook County STD surveillance report showed 25,623 new cases of HIV per 100000 individuals in 2018. That indicated a decrease from the 26,372 cases reported in 2017 and 26,465 cases recorded in 2016.
Chlamydia recorded the highest number of STD infections in 2018, with a count of 43,271 at a prevalence rate of 833.0. It indicated a significant increase from 2017, which had reported 42,422 cases at a prevalence rate of 816.6. The 2016 count was 41,056 reported cases at a prevalence rate of 790.3.
In 2018, Cook County noticed a drastic increase in the number of gonorrhea infections from the previous years. It recorded 16,117 cases occurring at a prevalence rate of 310.3 in 2018. In 2017 and 2016, the department had recorded 14,920 cases at a prevalence rate of 287.2 and 13,608 infections at a prevalence rate of 262.0.
Statistics for syphilis showed a continuously increasing trend over the years. Early syphilis cases recorded were 1,938, 1,950, and 1,938 cases per 100000 people in 2016, 2017, and 2018. Primary and secondary syphilis cases were 1,018, 986, and 1,090 in 2016, 2017, and 2018.
The Ruth M. Rothstein CORE Center in Cook County provides prevention education programs, primary and specialty medical care, and social and support services to people infected with HIV.
Planned Parenthood – Austin Health Center and Oak Street Health Bellwood are some of the facilities that offer STD screening services.
Individuals of a specific group, including those who identify as LGBTQ, may qualify for free STD testing services. However, test results might not be immediate, and walk-in options might not be available.