Statistics obtained from STD surveillance in Lake County, where Lake Forest lies, show that the county reported 755 cases of HIV in 2018. That was a notable increase from the 707 count reported in 2017.
Chlamydia recorded the highest number of STD infections in 2018. The health department reported 3,234 cases at a prevalence rate of 459.7 in 2018. That was relatively lower from the 3,357 cases at a prevalence rate of 477.2 recorded in 2017.
The county reported 586 gonorrhea cases at a prevalence rate of 83.3 in 2017. The number of cases drastically dropped to 449 cases at a prevalence rate of 63.8 in 2018.
Syphilis has the least number of cases as compared to other STDs. Statistics for early syphilis show 59 cases at a prevalence rate of 8.4 in 2017. The number hiked to 64 cases at a prevalence rate of 9.1 in 2018.
Primary and secondary syphilis cases reported in 2018 were 28 counts at a prevalence rate of 4.0. That was a decrease from the 30 cases reported at a prevalence rate of 4.3 in 2017.
The Lake County Health Department runs an STI/HIV Program that offers comprehensive sexual health education, HIV and STD Counseling and testing services, psychosocial support, clinical care, and linkage to care services.
Lake Forest residents can seek STD testing and treatment services at Planned Parenthood of Illinois: Waukegan Health Center, Lake County Health Department – North Chicago Health Center, and Erie HealthReach Waukegan Health Center.
Some facilities provide free STD testing services, but the results may not be immediate, and applicable costs might not be upfront.