LaSalle County reported 63 new HIV diagnoses for persons aged 13 years and older in 2017. The infections diminished to 55 in the following year.
In 2017, chlamydia cases were 383 at a prevalence rate of 336.2 for every 100,000 persons. They later lessened to 344 cases at a prevalence rate of 302.0 in the following year. Chlamydia count was the highest in comparison to other STD infections in the county.
According to county statistics, gonorrhea infections were 100 at a rate of 87.8 per 100,000 people in 2017. The infections later decreased to 71 at a prevalence rate of 62.3 in 2018.
In 2018, primary and secondary syphilis cases were three at a rate of 2.6. That was a slight fall off from the previous year that reported five cases at a rate of 4.4 for every 100,000 population.
Early syphilis infections recorded in 2017 were seven at a rate of 6.1 per 100,000 people. The numbers minutely rose to eight at a rate of 7.0 per 100,000 people in the following year.
LaSalle County Health Department has an STD and HIV Management Program that partners with all medical facilities and clients within the county to ensure treatment is adequate according to the CDC guidelines. It offers HIV and STD awareness services through printed materials and group presentations to reduce social stigma.
Locals can access STD and HIV testing services at Planned Parenthood – Ottawa Health Center and Morris Hospital Obstetrics & Gynecology Specialists.
While free STD testing may be an option in some facilities, doctor’s consultation might be an extra charge. Also, prescriptions for after test care might not be available to persons who test positive.