In 2017, Madison County reported 261 new HIV diagnoses among persons aged 13 years and older. The infections significantly dwindled to 204 in 2018.
Chlamydia cases were 1,238 at a prevalence rate of 459.7 per 100,000 persons in 2017. The infections increased the following year to 1,335, occurring at a prevalence rate of 495.8.
Gonorrhea cases recorded were 357 at a rate of 132.6 in every 100,000 persons in 2017. The figure hiked to 416 at a prevalence rate of 154.5 in 2018.
Primary and secondary syphilis infections recorded in 2017 were 11 at a rate of 4.1 per 100,000 persons. That increased by six infections bringing the total cases to 17 recorded at a rate of 6.3 in 2018.
In 2017, early syphilis cases were 18 occurring at a rate of 6.7 per 100,000 people. The figure rose to 29 at a prevalence rate of 10.8 in 2018.
Madison County Health Department has an STD Surveillance Program that receives county statistics on all positive tests for chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, and HIV and AIDS. It delivers affordable STD/HIV testing to sexually active adults and adolescent county residents. The program also assists patients with notifying all sexual partners and making referrals for partner testing and treatment.
Central Alton Health Center, Alton Women’s Health Center, and Planned Parenthood – North County Health Center are some of the health centers providing STD and HIV screening services at a low cost or free of charge to the residents of Godfrey.
In some healthcare centers, bookable appointments might not be an option for persons seeking free STD testing services. Also, doctor consultation might not be available.