Health experts in Springfield, Decatur, and other communities around Illinois, have been experiencing frustration in the face of rising STD rates in their area. Decatur, the largest city in Macon County, is also the county seat.
One of the nursing directors for Macon County Health Department commented that rising rates were partially due to increased testing and eventually she hopes Decatur will see the rapidly increasing numbers level off.
The 2014 county health report showed Macon County at a rate of 716 new chlamydia cases per 100,000 people tested. In 2017, Macon County ranked eighth highest for chlamydia, but at a rate of 682.5 per 100,000—their numbers are actually already dropping a bit compared to earlier years. For gonorrhea, the Decatur area took third highest in the state of Illinois with a rate of 328.6 per 100,000 people. Primary and Secondary Syphilis came in at 2.7 per 100,000 in 2017 for Macon County. Using data from 2013, Macon County put together a 2017 summary for HIV showing a rate of 154 per 100,000 tested.
If you’re looking for affordable testing in the Decatur area, you have options. Free STD testing is offered for eligible patients through the Macon County Health Department. STI testing is on a walk-in basis, so you’ll have to wait your turn. The free testing is only offered select days, call to find out when. Screening includes trichomoniasis, yeast, BV, chlamydia, syphilis, and gonorrhea. They also offer confidential testing for HIV. Tests for hepatitis provided on a case-by-case basis. If you can’t make those times, you can head over to Planned Parenthood on Oakland Avenue. Call to schedule an appointment ahead of time and to see if your HIV/STI testing can be covered sans copay.
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