Like many communities throughout the country, the suburban areas surrounding Chicago, including Lansing, have seen a steady increase in both gonorrhea and chlamydia rates from 2015 to 2017.
According to Cook County records, gonorrhea rates in the county (excluding Chicago) rose from 2,296 newly reported cases in 2015 to 2,772 newly reported cases in 2016 to 3,190 newly reported cases in 2017. These same records show that chlamydia rates in the county (excluding Chicago) also increased from 10,521 newly reported cases in 2015 to 11,280 newly reported cases in 2016 to 12,130 newly reported cases in 2017.
After seeing a sharp increase in the number of newly reported primary and secondary cases of syphilis from 2015 to 2016, as the number rose from 158 cases in 2015 to 205 cases in 2016, there was a slight drop in 2017, as the number of newly reported syphilis cases fell to 198.
Although the Illinois Department of Public Health noted a sharp decrease in the number of HIV cases from 2000 to 2015, CDC reports show that there were 898 newly reported cases in Cook County in 2017.
There are a few healthcare centers in Lansing that might provide STD testing, such as Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan, Olin Health Center, Willow Health Center, Lansing Area AIDS Network, and Forest Community Health Center. There are also several private medical centers and doctor offices in Lansing, many of which are located just off Ridge Road or Torrence Avenue, that might offer STD or HIV testing.
You can also travel into the Chicago area to find additional health clinics that might offer STD and HIV testing, including Northwestern Medicine of Sexually Transmitted Diseases Clinic, Oak Lawn Intermediate Care, Lakeview Specialty Clinic, and AHF Wellness Center – Hyde Park.
Some healthcare facilities may advertise reduced-cost or free STD testing, but some of these clinics may not have a physician onsite and might not offer after-test treatment services.