Bradley IL, a suburb of the city of Kankakee, reported an increase in the rate of new HIV infections between 2019 and 2020. Public health records depicted that in 2019 the rate of infection was 118 cases per 100,000 individuals, whereas, in 2020, new infections were happening at a rate of 128 in every group of 100,000 residents.
On the other hand, there was a fluctuating number of new Gonorrhea infections between 2016 and 2018. In 2016, 164 diagnoses were made at a rate of 144.6, with the following year registering a decrease to 158 newly identified patients at an incidence rate of 139.3. Unfortunately, they rose again to 196 cases in 2018 at a rate of 172.8.
In regards to the number of Chlamydia diagnoses, there was a downward trend between 2017 and 2018. The former year of reference had 704 newly diagnosed patients reported at a prevalence rate of 620.5 while in 2018, there were 675 new cases recorded at an incidence rate of 595.0.
However, an unsettled pattern was clear about the number of new Syphilis infections between 2016 and 2018. Here, public health officials recorded three new cases in 2016 at a rate of 2.6, eight in 2017 at a rate of 7.1, and only one newly diagnosed patient in 2018 at a rate of 0.9.
To combat the spread of HIV/STDs in the county, the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services has been focusing on improving access to testing and care and widening partner services’ scope and efficiency. It also develops impactful prevention education programs that target high-risk individuals.
Clinics that may afford you HIV/STD services include the Montgomery County Health Department, Novus ACS Doylestown, Keystone Medical Urgent Care & Pain Management, and the Planned Parenthood – Warminster Medical Center.
Some clinics may offer free STD testing, but the tests may fail to be comprehensive. Also, the anonymity of your reason for visitation may not be guaranteed.