In 2016, Cook County, home to Franklin Park, recorded 26,465 new HIV infections among people aged 13 years and above. The count slightly decreased to 26,372 cases in 2017.
Chlamydia infections were higher compared to other STDs, with 41,056 new infections at a prevalence rate of 790.3 in 2016. In 2017, the cases surged to 42,422 at a rate of 816.6 per 100,000 persons.
In second place was gonorrhea, with cases amounting to 13,608 at a prevalence rate of 262.0 in 2016. The count proliferated to 14,920 at a rate of 287.2 per 100,000 persons in the coming year.
In 2016, primary and secondary syphilis infections were 1,018 at a prevalence rate of 19.6. The cases dwindled to 986 at a rate of 19.0 per 100,000 people in the next year.
Early syphilis cases were 1,938 at a rate of 37.3 per 100,000 persons in 2016. They slightly jacked up to 1,950 at a prevalence rate of 37.5 in 2017.
Cook County Health Department has the HIV/STI Program that offers affordable STD and HIV screening and treatment services. The program promotes HIV awareness and educates community members on STD transmission and how to cope with the infections. It also collects STD/HIV data within the county and comes up with a means of reducing transmission.
Some of the facilities providing STD and HIV testing services include Lakeview Specialty Clinic, Rose Women’s Medical Center, and Planned Parenthood – Austin Health Center.
Free STD testing might be a possibility in some centers. However, walk-in options might not exist, and doctors might not be available on site or phone.