Elgin is a suburb of Chicago, but its STD rates are much lower. In 2016, Kane County’s HIV prevalence rate was 78.7 per 100K people, well under the Illinois rate of 332.3.
In 2017, 2,037 people were diagnosed with chlamydia, at a rate of 395.3 per 100K people, also under the Illinois rate of 588.6. The gonorrhea and (primary and secondary) syphilis rates were 90.8 and 3.7.
Health officials worry about the people out there who have not yet been tested. Most STIs are asymptomatic in the early stages, which could lead people to believe they are healthy. But if you are sexually active, the only way to know your STD status is to get tested regularly.
If left undetected and untreated, STDs can cause irreversible damage to your body, and you may pass them on to other people.
There are a few clinics in Elgin, and of course there are more options in Chicago and the other suburbs (and you may find free STD testing in Chicago). You can be tested for STIs at the Open Door Health Center of Illinois on Larkin Ave or Physicians Immediate Care on Bushwood Dr.