Evergreen Park, IL, a village in Cook County and a suburb of Chicago, is in the middle of an STD outbreak.
Suburban Cook County reported 9,632 new chlamydia cases in 2013, and in 2017, it had 12,130, or a rate change from 385 diagnoses for every 100,000 residents to 485.
Also in 2013, there were 2,150 gonorrhea infections, and four years later, it had 3,190, or a rate increase from 86 cases for every 100,000 people, to 128.
The suburban area of Cook County listed 71 new primary and secondary syphilis cases in 2013 and in 2017, it reported 198, or a rate change of three new diagnoses for every 100,000 people to eight. There were 163 new early latent syphilis infections in 2013 and 341 in 2017 or 14 cases for every 100,000 residents.
Public health officials in Cook County are asking all sexually active residents to seek regular STD testing and help stop the spread of these infections.
There are dozens of locations that provide comprehensive STD testing in Evergreen Park and the surrounding areas.
Universal Family Connection Incorporated offers STI services on the corner of W 103rd St and S Malta St in Chicago.
The Christian Community Health Center operates the Chicago Clinic S Halsted St in Chicago. This facility includes an on-site pharmacy and is accessible by public transportation.
Some clinics may provide free STD testing. These locations might have infrequent appointment times, could ask for proof of income, and may not offer comprehensive screenings. Additionally, patients might not be able to speak to a doctor during their appointment.