As part of the Chicago metropolitan area, Hammond shares that city’s STD problems to some extent, though Hammond’s rates are much lower. In Lake County, the HIV prevalence rate in 2015 was 240 per 100K people, which was over Indiana’s rate of 195.
In 2016, Lake County had 2,193 cases of chlamydia, at a rate of 449.7, just a bit lower than Indiana’s rate of 465. Lake County’s gonorrhea and (primary and secondary) syphilis rates were 116.3 and 8.7.
Health officials urge every sexually active person to get tested regularly, even if they are not having any symptoms.
Many STIs are asymptomatic at the beginning. And don’t be ashamed to come in. Medical professionals are discreet and will help you.
There are some STD-testing clinics in Hammond and surrounding areas. At least one option has periodic free STD testing events, though that may mean a longer wait time for you. Planned Parenthood is located on Indianapolis Blvd. They test for STIs and treat all of them except for HIV. The fee is on a sliding scale depending on your income.
Midwest Express Clinic on Sibley St provides STI screening. Franciscan Health hospital has a Multi-Specialty Hepatitis C and HIV Clinic. You can find them on Hohman Ave.