The surging numbers of people contracting STIs (sexually transmitted infections) have caused a health problem in Madison County. The spike in STD counts is an encouragement as many people are getting tested. However, the rise is partly because of increasing casual sex through online apps.
Between 2005-2009, chlamydia rates shot by 21%, from 307.8 cases per 100,000 persons to 372.7. That represented 797 and 965 incidences, respectively. However, gonorrhea rate went down by 53% over the five years, taking the count to 170 from 385 cases.
Madison County health officials recorded a decrease in P&S syphilis cases in 2008-2009. That resulted in 2 cases in 2009 from 6 incidences in the previous year.
Operating under the Coordinated Youth and Human Services (CYHS), the Madison County AIDS Program contributes to HIV prevention efforts by supporting the HIV community. MadCAP does that while upholding the confidentiality, privacy, and dignity of every HIV+ individual.
For STD screening and treatment, you can head down to the Madison County Health Department clinic which lies at 101 E Edwardsville Rd. The health center may provide STD screening services on a walk-in basis. Hence, first-come, first-serve.
Alternatively, you can visit the Planned Parenthood Fairview Heights Medical Center at 4529 N Illinois St, Belleville. Here, you might get tested, screened, and treated for STDs and HIV. Also, you may receive prevention tools and immunization for HPV and Hepatitis.
Some clinics might render free STD testing or low-cost services, but you may have to carry extra cash for doctor consultations. Furthermore, the doctor(s) may not be available, and finding them on phone may be a challenge.