What are the Free or Low Cost STI test options in Charleston,IL?
Charleston, IL, the county seat of Coles County is in the middle of an STD outbreak.
In 2014, the county reported 319 new chlamydia cases, and in 2017, it had 338.
Gonorrhea diagnoses are also increasing with 22 new ones in 2015 and 92 in 2017.
The county had one primary or secondary syphilis infection in 2011, 2012, 2014, and in 2015, it had two new cases. It had 1 early syphilis infection in 2017 and 2018.
Public health officials in Coles County are concerned about the growing STD rates and are urging prevention through regular STI screenings and follow-up care to make sure the infection is gone.
Comprehensive STD testing is available at several locations in Charleston and its surrounding areas. Most health centers include treatment and follow-up care.
The Coles County Health Department provides STD services on 18th St in Charleston. The clinic is accessible by a local bus route.
The Southern Illinois Healthcare Foundation Incorporated on Broadway Ave E in the Cross County Mall, at the Greenup Health Center on N Mill St, and the Effingham Health Center on the corner of W Temple Ave and Medical Mark Dr.
Another option is the Pace Community Action Agency Health Connection on the corner of E Hospital Ln and S Regional St in nearby Terre Haute, Indiana.
Some sites might offer free STD testing. These locations may not have comprehensive screenings, and patients might have to pay for treatment and aftercare. Additionally, they may require proof of income.
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