STD numbers are rising at an alarming rate for those sexually active between the ages of 14 and 24 years old. In Will County 73% of all gonorrhea cases and 75% of all chlamydia cases were reported in this demographic. During National Condom Month (February) health officials focus on addressing the problem.
Health professionals and organizations are calling for greater promotion of proper preventative measures and better educational opportunities so those who are sexually active can stay safe.
Developments like the PrEP prescription drug can help limit the spread of infections, thereby increasing overall public health. The best option for maintaining one’s health, along with safer sex practices, is seeking out regular testing.
Many locations around the city offer testing services. Agape Missions NFP is located on Plainfield Road. Certain clinics do have free STD testing if you don’t mind the possibility of having to wait for results.
From the Will County Health Department on Neal Avenue to Regional CARE Association on Glenwood Avenue, you can use our search tool to find a testing center conveniently located for you.