An upsurge in HIV infections in Lake County was reported in 2018 from 2017. In 2018, 755 infections at a rate of 130 were reported and 707 infections at a rate of 122 in 2017.
Chlamydia infections diminished from 2,150 infections at an incidence rate of 594.3 per 100,000 in 2009 to 1,627 infections at a rate of 475.4 per 100,000 in 2010.
Teenage females aged 15 to 19 were predominant with 1,006 infections at a rate of 387.6 per 100,000 individuals.
Gonorrhea infections reduced from 440 cases at a rate of 116.1 per 100,000 people in 2009 to 246 cases at a rate of 94.3 per 100,000 people. The majority of infections occurred among females aged 15 to 19 and were 2,120 infections.
Primary and Secondary Syphilis infections also diminished from 21 cases in 2009 to 18 cases in 2010.
Lake County Health Department inaugurated the Sexually Transmitted Diseases/HIV Prevention program in order to provide comprehensive care and prevention services for at-risk individuals in the county. It also provides HIV/STD testing, clinical services for STDs, STD screening and risk reduction counseling.
County locals may seek STD testing in hospitals like Illinois Health Clinic and Lake County Health Department. Other options you may consider are Planned Parenthood of Illinois and Lake Behavioral Hospital.
Free STD testing may be available for some STDs but not in all clinics since doctors’ consultation might be an extra charge. Also, you may have to provide proof of income and pass some eligibility tests in some cases.