Those who do not know better may think that the community of Burbank in Illinois is just part of Chicago, but it is most definitely not. This plucky little town has a personality all its own. However, the problems of the larger metropolis often spill over into its Cook County neighbor.
Thus, like Chicago and many other urban areas of the U.S., Burbank is experiencing an upswing in HIV and STD prevalence rates. In fact, from 2014 to 2018, the STD rate rose by 7% and the HIV rate climbed 4.8%.
While these numbers are better than those of the state as a whole, they still indicate that these diseases are spreading.
Testing, education, and openness are what is going to pull Burbank out of this surge in STDs and HIV.
Burbank residents who want to get tested for HIV or STDs can visit a licensed health care facility that offers those tests. Bear in mind that free STD testing often comes with a few cons such as inconvenient times, long waits, and hidden fees.
Planned Parenthood offers several convenient locations. Englewood Health Center is in on South Ashland Avenue in Chicago and Orland Park Health Center is ten miles southwest.
Also within Chicago is a CVS MinuteClinic on West 103rd Street that may provide STD and HIV screenings. Six miles northwest of Burbank is Summit, IL where the Access Des Plaines Valley Health Center is located. It is part of the Access Community Health Network and might provide testing services as well.