The state of Illinois, like most of the nation, is in the middle of an upswing in STD and HIV prevalence rates. The community of O’Fallon would appear from the CDC statistics, to be beating the odds and actually decreasing their STD prevalence rate.
However, while it would seem that the rate is continuing to drop, its rate of descent is slowing rapidly. In fact, the 12.8% that the STD rate fell during that five years averages out to roughly 2.56% per year. During the year from 2017 to 2018, the prevalence rate lowered by only 1.9% and from 2018 to July of 2019 it actually rose by 6.8%.
As for O’FAllon’s HIV prevalence rate, that has continued to show a steady rise. For instance, for the five year period above, it climbed by 18.9%; more than double the rate of the state’s HIV rate.
The slowing of the STD prevalence rate’s decline indicates an increase in the number of cases O’Fallon is seeing. STDs are trying to make a comeback in our community.
Whether they are north of I-64 or south of it, O’Fallon residents looking for STD and HIV testing have several options from which to choose. These public health centers may offer those tests or might be able to refer you to a clinic that can.
Belleville, five miles south of O’Fallon, offers a number of choices. The St Clair County Health Department offices are here on Public Square. Planned Parenthood has a clinic inside Lakeland Square, Fairview Heights Health Care.
Southern Illinois Healthcare Foundation Inc has two clinics convenient to O’Fallon as well. Belleville Family Health Center in Swansea and West Belleville Health Center on West Main in Belleville.
Some centers provide free STD testing that may be offered at inconvenient times, in out of the way locations, or without rapid results.