What are the STI test options in Champaign,IL?
Health officials are concerned with the rising STD rates in Champaign County, though they acknowledge that some of those numbers come from more and better testing, which is a good thing. More people are being tested, especially women who come in for pregnancy tests.
But also, with the AIDS scare of the ‘80s and ‘90s over and HIV treatments available, people have not been using protection as they should.
Health officials at the University of Illinois say there are a lot of students coming in for STI testing and treatment and, in a 2015 ranking, it was the second most sexually diseased school of the Big Ten universities (based on city STD rates), after Ohio State. But universities often have free STD testing events, so look out for them.
In 2015, the prevalence rate for HIV in Champaign County was 206 per 100K people, which was much lower than Illinois’s rate of 330. But the bacterial STD rates were high.
In 2017, Champaign County had 1,704 chlamydia cases, at a rate of 847.4 per 100K people, and that’s higher than Cook County’s rate (the Illinois rate was 588.6). The gonorrhea and (primary and secondary) syphilis rates for that year were 257.6 and 6.5.
There are a few STD-testing clinics in Champaign. The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District offers confidential STD testing in two locations (check their schedule) at a low cost. They also offer the HPV vaccine.
Registered University of Illinois students can get a basic STI screening in the health center that includes HIV, syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia. Planned Parenthood, located on Stoughton St, tests for STIs and treats all except HIV. The fee is on a sliding scale based on your income.
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