Morton Grove, a village in Cook County and near north Chicago suburb, has an increasing population. As with any area that houses more people, a heightened level of sexual activity and a higher rate of sexually transmitted disease is expected.
In the Suburban Cook County area, chlamydia cases have increased substantially since 2007. In 2007, 8,700 cases were reported, and by 2016, this increased to 11,280 cases reported per year. Of which, 584 per 100,000 cases were reported in 2007, and 784 cases per 100,000 residents were reported in 2016.
The number of people living with HIV in Cook County in 2015 was an estimated 25,623. Cook County has the highest prevalence rate in Illinois, at a rate of 586 per 100,000. Even in 2009, the HIV prevalence was high in Cook County, with 23,853 residents living with HIV, indicating a dire need for HIV prevention education, support, and assistance to HIV-positive people.
Cook County Health Department, in conjunction with local health partners, is working towards eliminating HIV transmission in the community by providing much-needed education, testing, and treatment services.
One result of the partnership between local partners and the Health Department in Cook County is the Rothstein CORE Center, one of the largest HIV/AIDS clinics in the U.S.
Alternative options available in and around Morton Grove that provides requisite testing and treatments for STDs are the Erie Family Health Center Incorporated clinic in Evanston, the Response community organization in Chicago, and the Access Community Health Network clinics throughout the region.
Wait times may be inconsistent, and appointments may be scarce, but free STD testing might be offered at some of the clinics serving Morton Grove.