In Lake County, IL, Diagnosed cases of chlamydia increased from 282.3 per 100,000 residents to 403.1 between 2010 and 2014. However, the prevalence of gonorrhea decreased from 64.8 to 57.6 per 100,000 people between 2013 and 2014. Syphilis cases also declined from 4.4 to 2.8 per 100,000 people from 2013 to 2014.
As of 2014, Lake County had 50 new diagnosed HIV cases, and 407 HIV cases that had been diagnosed since 2007.
People in the community can seek STD testing at the Lake County Health Department and Community Health Center (North Chicago Health Center) on 14th St. Other locations in the area that offer STD testing include Kenosha County Department of Human Services (Kenosha County Division of Health) on Sheridan Rd.
Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin Incorporated (Kenosha Health Center) on Roosevelt Rd. and Access Community Health Network (Access Northwest Community Family Health Center) on North Arlington Heights Rd. are also options for STD testing in the area.
Some locations in the community may offer free STD testing to people who may qualify, but, those who test positive for STD’s may not have access to a doctor’s consultation or prescriptions for medication. Plus there may be upfront fees for some services.
In addition, some of the locations that offer free services may have long waitlists, inconvenient hours, and an inability to schedule appointments ahead of time. On the other hand, walk-in services may not be offered at some of the locations that offer free services as well.