Lake County has recorded an upsurge in HIV cases, from 628 incidents in 2015 to 698 positive diagnoses in 2016 to 707 in 2017.
Recording the highest count in comparison to various other STDs, chlamydia infections portrayed an increase over the years. The numbers rose from 2,945 to 3,042 to 3357 between 2015 and 2017.
Gonorrhea incidents were 410 in 2015 with an occurrence rate of 58.3. They increased to 484 cases at a prevalence of 68.8 in 2016. The count also spiraled to 586 new positive diagnoses prevailing at a rate of 83.3 per 100,000 population.
Primary and secondary syphilis showcased a consistent increase in infections between the years 2015 and 2017. The cases increased from 21 to 28 to 30, with the rates of infection being 3.0, 4.0, and 4.3 per 100,000 population.
Lake County Health Department and Community Health Center has multiple programs tailored to help in curbing the spread of STDs. The Prescriptions Discount Program enables STD positive patients to receive low-cost medication.
The HIV-Care program links PLWHA to a multitude of services, including comprehensive medical care and counseling.
Lake County Health Department – North Shore Health Center, Access Northwest Family Health Center, and Cook County Health – Arlington Heights Health Center are some of the facilities that serve the Deerfield area, with some providing STD services at a low cost or free of charge.
Although you may benefit from free STD testing, some of the setbacks you might experience include services depending on income and welfare eligibility and costs not being upfront.