In recent years, Cook County, where Norridge, IL, is a village, has experienced a relatively constant HIV prevalence rate. In 2016, the number of diagnoses prevailed at a rate of 26,465 per 100,000 individuals and 25,623 in both 2018 and 2019.
According to the Illinois Department of Public Health STD Section, Chlamydia infections in the county escalated from 719.4 in 2014 to 833.0 per 100,000 individuals in 2018, representing a 15.8% increase.
Gonorrhea infections showed an upward surge, from a rate of 213.3 per 100,000 individuals in 2015 to a high of 310.3 in 2018.
The number of county residents diagnosed with early Syphilis infections spiked from a rate of 26.7 in 2014 to 37.5 in 2017, followed by a further increase to 44.2 per 100,000 persons in 2018.
In collaboration with the Illinois Department of Public Health, the Cook County Department of Public Health operates an STD program to safeguard county residents’ sexual health, including those in Norridge. It provides condoms and other safer sex supplies, PrEP counseling, and Expedited Partner Therapy (EPT), giving priority to pregnant women and men who have sex with men. It also organizes STD/HIV awareness campaigns to improve access to testing and counseling among underserved communities.
You can visit various healthcare facilities to access STD/HIV testing services. These include Planned Parenthood – Austin Health Center, Physicians Immediate Care, and Advocate Lutheran General Hospital.
You could also access free STD testing in some clinics, but people will know why you’re there, and prescriptions for after test care might not be available if you’ve tested positive.