Cook County, where Bridgeview is a village, is the most populous county in Illinois. The HIV prevalence rates gradually decreased from 26,465 per 100,000 individuals recorded in 2016 to 25,780 in 2020. Most of the diagnoses were identified among people who inject drugs (PWID).
Based on data from the Illinois Department of Public Health STD Section, the county also holds the highest number of sexually transmitted infections in the state, with Chlamydia rates increasing by 15.8% from 2014 to 2018.
Early Syphilis infection rates have also increased gradually over the past few years, from 26.7 per 100,000 persons in 2014 to 44.2 in 2018.
The rates of Gonorrhea infections have also experienced a significant increase from 200.0 to 310.3 per 100,000 individuals recorded in 2014 and 2018, respectively.
In efforts to prevent the further spread of STDs in the community, Cook County Health Department avails condoms and PrEP medications to encourage residents to practice safer sex. It also offers free to low-cost STD/HIV testing in partnership with local healthcare providers and coordinates Expedited Partner Therapy.
Planned Parenthood – Orland Park Health Center offers comprehensive STD/HIV testing services to public members, including young adults and teens. Other facilities Bridgeview, IL, providing the services include Concentra Immediate Care (Illinois and Delaware) and Holy Cross Medical Center.
You could also visit some local clinics to access free STD services, but it may not be possible to schedule an appointment, and the doctor’s consultation might be an extra charge.