Blue Island is a city adjacent to Chicago City in Cook County. Various county data reports have indicated that Cook County is struggling with increased rates of STDs and HIV. In 2017, Chlamydia prevalence rate stood at 413.9 per 100,000 people with the most affected people being females aged between 20-24 years and 15-19 years.
In the same year Gonorrhea rates stood at 85.0 per 100,000 people. The average Gonorrhea rates among men aged between 20 and 24 was 225.0 per 100,000 people. Primary and Secondary Syphilis rate was 3.0 per 100,000 people with 88% of the cases reported being among men.
“After years of declining STDs cases in recent years, we are now on a downward spiral. Apart from the rise in STD rates, we’re also facing new challenges that we must address, like the possible link between STD risk and drug use.” Dr. Gail Bolan, Director of CDC’s Division of STD Prevention.
There are numerous public and private STD testing clinics in Blue Island. Residents are also urged to take advantage of STD campaigns that may offer free STD testing and get to know their status.
However, Free STD testing may be available in some public clinics though hours and availability might not be consistent, and doctors’ consultation might be at an extra charge.
Some of the clinics where you can visit and get tested include; Planned Parenthood of Illinois (Roseland Health Center) that offers Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea and Syphilis Test. You can also visit Access Community Health Network (Access Family Health Society) which offers Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Rapid Blood HIV Test and Syphilis Test.