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Mount Prospect, Illinois

Mount Prospect, Illinois is a village in Cook County and a suburb about 20 miles northwest of Chicago. It is in Elk Grove and Wheeling Townships.

You might remember from The Blues Brothers movie that was set in Chicago and vicinity, the Blues Brothers riding in a car described as being bought at auction from the Mount Prospect Police Department.

The Randhurst Village shopping and mix-use center is found in Mount Prospect, IL. When the Randhurst mall first opened in 1962, it was the first enclosed regional mall in the Chicago area. It was also the largest enclosed air-conditioned space in the United States.

Northwest Community Healthcare and Advocate Lutheran General Hospital are located in the area and offer you choices for where you can learn about and get treated for STDs, but we will see there are other choices in the area too.

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STD Statistics In Cook County, IL

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Additional STD Test Statistics in Mount Prospect, IL

As your city is a suburb of Chicago, we should look at STI statistics about the area. In general, adolescents and young adults account for the vast majority of STI diagnoses in Chicago.

  •  For gonorrhea cases people ages 13 to 24 account for about 60 percent of the cases
  • For chlamydia cases people ages 13 to 24 account for about 67 percent of the case
  • Gonorrhea cases are showing a decline overall
  • Primary and secondary syphilis infections have increased
  • Chlamydia rates are 1012 per 100,000 people at more than twice the national average
  • Gonorrhea rates are 308 per 100,000 people at about three times the national average
  • HIV and AIDs cases that are diagnosed have steadily declined for the last decade

This area reports progress is being made to impact STIs, HIV, and AIDs with a program called Healthy Chicago involving public, community, and private organizations coming together to implement strategies to prevent STIs and HIV.

Here are statistics about HIV and AIDs diagnoses in Chicago.

  • HIV and AIDs diagnoses declined by 40 percent
  • HIV positive averages are better than national averages
  •  8 of 10 people with a diagnoses of HIV in 2011 were linked to HIV medical care within three months of the diagnoses
  •  1091 new diagnoses came in 2013 and 41 percent below the peak of 1857 in 2001
  • 73 percent absolute decline in HIV transmission rates took place between 2009 to 2013 for those who are intravenous drug users

Black/African Americans and men who have sex with men are disproportionately impacted by HIV, AIDS, and STIs.

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STD Testing and Sexual Education in Mount Prospect, IL

The public school system in Chicago recently reviewed and updated its sexual education program.

Developed by the Chicago Public Schools Office of Student Health and Wellness, the overhaul and resulting policy were designed among other factors to align the Chicago public school system with the standards in the national HIV/AIDS strategy developed by President Obama.

The new program determines that a set amount of time is spent on sex education in every grade, starting with kindergarten. This is while in most US public schools, sex education starts in the fifth grade.

The goal of the program is to provide students of all ages with accurate and appropriate information so they can make healthy choices. This should help students build a foundation of knowledge concerning relationships and health. This will carry them through the preteen and adolescent years and beyond. Kindergartners should learn the basics of anatomy, reproduction, personal safety, and healthy relationships.  Here are more details.

  • Kindergarten to third grade sex health education should have a focus on family, feelings, and touching this is appropriate and not appropriate.
  •  Fourth grade sex education should begin to learn about puberty and HIV with discussion emphasizing that the virus cannot be transmitted through everyday contact such as shaking hands or sharing food.
  •  Fifth grade to the end of high school sex education should emphasize reproduction, transmission and prevention of HIV/AIDs and other sexually transmitted diseases, bullying and contraption, and abstinence.

The Chicago sex education instruction should also cover sexual orientation and gender identity. Students should be introduced to terms and definitions associated with sexual identity, including those related to heterosexual and LGBT populations. This is part of an effort to bring awareness, promote tolerance, and prevent bullying. This statement was made by the Chicago School Board.

Parents or guardians of students are allowed to opt their children out of the sexual health education program if they would like.

Sexually Transmitted Diseases and Demographics in Mount Prospect, IL

Demographics play a role in the number of STIs in your city as well as Chicago and Cook County with higher rates than national averages.

There is no one reason that STI rates are so high. Poverty and drug use can be part of the reason. Poverty can lead to homelessness and this can lead to being forced to have sex to have a place to stay. Victims do not feel that can discuss an STI status or use of a condom in such a situation.

With drug use if you are addicted you may not have the money for your next fix. This means you can feel forced to have sex to get money for drugs.

While the number of STIs are the highest among poor black and gay males, we now see these STI numbers grow in more affluent areas. It is affecting young females who are white.

As we see heroin spread we see those who are addicted put themselves into a dangerous situation to get high. STIs have no barriers. They can affect those of any economic or social status.

Health officials continue to address the high HIV rates among young black men in the area who have sex with men. Some of the people being affected by HIV today are too young to remember when the disease was considered to be a death sentence. They are seeing people living longer with the disease and believe they will be all right.

There are trends, but in general, risk for STDs is highest among people who have multiple sex partners or who don’t use condoms consistently so that is a factor in why rates are so high. Areas with relatively high rate of poverty and unemployment feed an environment that contributes to rates of STD prevalence.

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STI Testing Resources in Mount Prospect, IL

STI testing resources are available in your city and surrounding areas.

The Austin Park/Planned Parenthood facility could be a place for you to go for information, and testing is for both males and females. Covered is testing for chlamydia, gonorrhea, herpes, syphilis, and other STDs. The staff is trained to work with someone in your situation, trying to protect your privacy and confidentiality. HIV testing is done with a blood sample from a finger stick, and If are are 19 to 26 with no health insurance, you could get help for an HPV vaccine (Gardisil) at no charge. Medicaid is accepted plus you can book your appointment online.

A service of urgent care centers and walk in clinics is STD testing. This testing includes chlamydia, gonorrhea, hepatitis B and C, herpes, HIV, syphilis and other conditions.  

Examples are the ABMG Immediate Care, Northwest Community Healthcare Urgent Care, and even the Clinic at Walmart located in your city or Walgreens Healthcare Clinic.

That is an option if you feel embarrassed about going to Austin Park/Planned Parenthood as is another option with an online service such as Plushcare. If you are not sure what tests to request, you can get assistance with such a service, then request the test online. You then get notified of test results plus get information about treatment options from a doctor provided by the service.

If you are not sure how often to get tested you could consider that according to a professor at Chicago’s Northwestern University, the frequency at which individuals should get tested depends on their lifestyle and sexual practices. With one or two sex partners a year, you can get tested once or twice a year according to the professor and with multiple sex partners every month or week, get tested every three to six months.

Maybe you have heard that clinics have had budget cuts due to state budget issues so you should keep in mind that the AIDS Healthcare Foundation Wellness Center is located in Chicago and can help you. It offers STI and HIV screening on a walk-in basis. This is to encourage city residents to get tested more often. They test using swabs, urine samples, and blood samples with the average age of clients at 20 to 30 years old.

A group formed by volunteers to fill gaps in service in prevention and care for testing and counselling for Black men and intimate partners in Cook County and surrounding areas and counties is the Brothers Health Collective. It offers STD testing including HIV and hepatitis C, plus the staff speaks English, Haitian Creole, and Spanish. Youths, teens, African Americans/Blacks, at risk persons, gay men, the general public, Hispanics/Latinos, LGBT, low income persons, men, men who have sex with men, persons practicing high risk behaviors, and women are the populations served.

Better Sexual Health in Mount Prospect, IL

Whether you go to the Austin Health Center /Planned Parenthood, a high school counsellor or nurse at an area high school, an online service, or a clinic or hospital such as Northwestern General, you can find in your area information about STDs, testing, and treatment.

While STD rates are high in the Chicago and Cook County areas, help is available in your city in the way of testing and treatment that is confidential, discreet, compassionate, and effective, with many facilities having a bilingual staff.

Consider how the staff at these facilities is trained to help someone like you, especially with the staff at Planned Parenthood/Austin Health Center or any other facility reminding you to check your health, improve it, and keep yourself healthy by always using a condom.

Here are links to resources mentioned above.

https://www.nch.org/location-contact-info/immediate-care/nch-immediate-care-at-mount-prospect

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