In Lake County, the number of individuals testing positive to sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) has been on an upward trend. Chlamydia, syphilis, and gonorrhea are the most prevalent STIs and most reported infectious diseases.
According to a 2017 STD Report by the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH), the number of people who contracted chlamydia was 2,881 in Lake County with a rate of 590.8 per 100,000 persons.
Additionally, as of December 31st, 2017, the county had recorded 854 gonorrhea incidences. The infection had a rate of 175.1 while that of syphilis was 7.8. Newly diagnosed syphilis cases were 38.
The ISDH HIV Prevention initiative has bolstered its campaign against the spread of HIV by ensuring capacity building, HIV training, special population support programs (SPSP), and outreach testing. Also, it offers HIV suppressing drugs and PrEP.
Several medical centers in and around Highland might offer STD testing services. For example, you may head to the Lake County Health STD clinic at 2900 W 93rd Ave, Crown Point. Also, the Women’s Center of Northwest Indiana may provide STD testing and treatment, as well as referral to care.
You might also receive STD care services from the Gary City Department of Health clinic at 1145 W 5th Ave, or the Planned Parenthood Clinic in Merrillville at 8645 Connecticut St.
Highland residents may also access free STD testing services from local clinics. The problems with such services are that some STD tests may require cash, yet they may not be comprehensive. Another disadvantage is the shortage of prescription for after-care treatments if you test positive.