Effingham, IL, is a city in Effingham County under threat from an STD outbreak that’s not showing signs of slowing down. It’s experiencing a rise in gonorrhea and syphilis.
In 2018, the county reported to the state health department 4 gonorrhea cases. In 2019, it had 7, or an increase of 75 percent.
Primary and secondary syphilis infections are another concern. In 2018, the area listed zero new diagnoses. A year later, in 2019, it listed its first case of primary and secondary syphilis.
Early syphilis diagnoses are increasing. The county noted no infections in 2018. In 2019, the area reported its first 2 early syphilis cases.
Community health leaders in Effingham County are concerned about the skyrocketing STD numbers. To reduce the infection rates, they’re asking all sexually active individuals to seek regular STD screenings.
Several locations in Effingham, Illinois, have STD testing. Most clinics have on-site treatment and follow-up care.
The closest place is the Southern Illinois Healthcare Foundation Incorporated at the Effingham Health Center on W. Temple in Effingham.
Another option is the Southern Illinois Healthcare Foundation Incorporated Greenup Health Center on N. Mill St. in Greenup.
Screenings are available at the Jasper County Health Department on E. Edwards St. in Newton.
Some facilities have free STD testing services. These locations sound great at first, but they may have a catch or two. Before scheduling an appointment, find out how long it takes to get results. No-cost clinics might take longer. Also, these places might ask for proof of income.