Machesney Park, IL, a city in Winnebago County and a suburb of Rockford, is experiencing a severe STD outbreak that’s not slowing down.
In 2015, the county reported 1,777 chlamydia infections, in 2017, it had 1,980, and in 2018, the number of cases jumped to 2,108, or a 6% increase between 2017 and 2018.
Gonorrhea infections are also increasing with 444 in 2015, 659 in 2017, and 741 in 2018, or an increase of 12% between 2017 and 2018.
There were six primary and secondary syphilis cases in 2015, nine in 2017, and 17 in 2018, an increase of 89%. Also, between 2017 and 2018, early syphilis cases increased by 67%.
County health officials in Illinois are concerned about the steady increase in the area’s STD diagnoses and are urging all people that are sexually active to get regular STI screenings.
There are several health centers that provide comprehensive STD testing in Machesney Park and the surrounding areas. Most locations include preventive care, treatment, and aftercare.
Crusader Community Health operates the Loves Park Clinic on the corner of N 2nd St and Clifford Ave in Loves Park and the Alpine Clinic on N Alpine Rd in Rockford.
Services are also accessible at the Winnebago County Health Department on N Court Rd in Rockford.
Some clinics may offer free STD testing. However, these locations might ask for proof of income and may charge a fee for treatment and follow-up care. Additionally, walk-in screenings might not be available.