Suburb of Peoria and county seat for McLean County, Bloomington is one happening central Illinois city. South of Chicago and Northeast of St. Louis, Bloomington is a twin city of the town of Normal. Home of the Central Illinois Regional Airport and serviced by two major railroad lines—it’s no surprise that the Bloomington area has experienced a big increase in STDs in the last few years.
For 2016, McLean County reported a rate of 382.7 new chlamydia cases per 100,000 people tested. With over 240 cases, they were one of the highest counties for that particular STI.
For gonorrhea, the rate in 2016 was 86 new cases for every 100,000 tested. Again, a higher rate than most other Illinois counties. Primary and secondary syphilis, however, came in a bit lower than other counties at a rate of just 2.2 diagnoses per 100,000 tests. There are approximately 35,441 people living with HIV in Illinois. In 2015, 111 of those people were reported in McLean County.
If you need to get tested for HIV or sexually transmitted diseases in the Bloomington area, you have several affordable options. There is a Planned Parenthood on North Veterans Parkway, they test for HIV and STDs including: chlamydia, gonorrhea, bacterial vaginosis, herpes, genital warts, syphilis, and trichomoniasis. Another option is the McLean County Health Department on Front Street. They have an HIV/STD walk-in clinic available Tuesdays 10am-4pm. If you can’t make those times, call to book an appointment and discuss your options. Depending on your income, you may be eligible for free STD testing.
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