Loves Park, a city in Winnebago County, has not been immune to the trending STD incidences in the state. County health administrators and workers are particularly worried about the alarming rates of chlamydia, syphilis, gonorrhea, and HIV.
Between 2015 and 2016, Winnebago County recorded a 5.2% in the number for chlamydia cases from 1,777 to 1,870. That’s according to a 2016 Health Release by the Illinois Department of Health.
Furthermore, 771 persons contracted gonorrhea in 2016, as compared to the 2015’s 563 new diagnoses. Over the two years, syphilis counts reached 19 from 15.
The Northwest Illinois HIV Care Connect works together with the Winnebago County Department of Health to satisfy the medical and social needs of HIV+ individuals. The program receives funds from the Ryan White AIDS Foundation, which also focuses on supporting the affected families.
Getting tested is the only sure way of knowing your STD status. You can go to the Winnebago County Health Department STD Clinic at 555 N Court St, Rockford. The clinic may offer STD/HIV care services at a sliding scale and partner notification services.
Another alternative is the Boone County Health Department located 25 mi. from Loves Park in Belvidere. It’s set at 1204 Logan Ave. The clinic may be open on Thursday for STI testing and treatment.
Otherwise, you may select other nearby medical centers which may offer low-cost or free STD testing within Loves Park. However, the costs may not be upfront, and you may not have multiple payment options. Another shortcoming is that people might know why you visited the clinic.