What are the STI test options in Chicago Heights,IL?
Chicago Heights is a suburb that is south of Chicago in Cook County, Illinois. Recent data shows that the rate of chlamydia is 783.8, gonorrhea is 259.8, syphilis is 17.6, and HIV is 587.2 for every 100,000 people.
Stemming the rise of these two infections is a “top priority” at the county, according to Dr. Terry Mason, chief operating officer for the Cook County Department of Public Health. He cited a lack of access to adequate health care as one of the issues plaguing black residents reporting STIs.
Cook County offers preventive clinical services for HIV and STDs. They support efforts such as distributing free condoms and advocating the use of Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis and Post Exposure Prophylaxis for HIV.
Residents of Chicago Heights have a few choices within the city. There is an Access Family Health Society clinic on West Lincoln Hwy and an Aunt Martha’s Chicago Heights Community Health Center on Vincennes Ave.
In nearby Flossmoor, there is a planned parenthood location on Governors Hwy and a Proactive Community Services clinic also on Governors Hwy at the cross street of West 198th St.
Other options include an urgent care clinic on Vollmer Rd in nearby Olympia Fields and a Cottage Grove Health Center in Ford heights on Cottage Grove Ave.
Some clinics may offer free STD testing, while others may not. Clinics may also vary in operating hours, have long wait times, or may require an appointment before coming in.
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- Please contact the individual public clinic to confirm pricing. Test pricing at public clinics many times depend on income and welfare eligibility.