Homer Glen, IL, a village in Will County less than 40 miles from Chicago, is under threat from a serious STD outbreak that’s not slowing down.
In 2014, the county reported 2,330 chlamydia cases, and in 2017, it listed an increase to 2,692 new diagnoses.
Gonorrhea is also on the rise with 366 infections in 2015 and 640 in 2017.
In 2014, it had 12 new primary and secondary syphilis cases. Two years later, in 2016, the county reported 46 infections. Also in 2014, there were 29 early syphilis diagnoses, and in 2016, it listed 81 new cases.
County health officials are concerned about the increasing number of STD infections in the area, and they’re trying to stop the spread by urging sexually active individuals to get regular STI testing.
There are more than a dozen locations in and near Homer Glen that provide STD testing. Most sites also administer treatment and aftercare services.
Planned Parenthood of Illinois offers STI screenings for men and women at the Orland Park Health Center on S LaGrange Rd. This clinic is accessible by public transportation.
Another option is the Will County Health Department’s Community Health Center on the corner of Dave Ave and Neal Ave in Joilet. This site is also on a public bus route.
Some clinics could offer free STD testing. These locations might charge for treatment and follow-up care. Additionally, free sites may ask for proof of income, and it might be challenging to schedule a convenient appointment.