Palatine, Illinois belongs to the great county of Cook, which is the 2nd most populous county in America right after—you guessed it—Los Angeles County. Being a burb of Chicago means Palatine shares its STD reporting rates. Which have been a bit high in recent years to put it lightly.
For 2016, the chlamydia rate of suburban Cook County was 461.1 per 100,000 people tested. Those diagnoses were primarily found in young women aged 15-24 years, as is trending nationwide.
It’s important for women to get regularly screened as chlamydia is often asymptomatic, can lead to infertility if left untreated, and is easily treated if caught early.
2016 rates for gonorrhea in the Chicago Metro area were 112.7 per 100,000 people. Primary and secondary (P&S) syphilis for Cook County that year was 8.3 for every 100,000. In 2017, Chicago reported 743 new cases of HIV, with 84.2% of them being in males, and 15.8% found in women. 171 people in Chicago living with HIV passed away in 2017. The Chicago Department of Public Health seeks to combat this issue by offering preventive clinical services, disease testing, and treatment at no cost. Call to find out if you qualify for free STD testing or visit one in person.
For affordable STI screening in the Palatine area, there is an Alexian Brothers Medical Group, a Quest Diagnostics, and Immediate Care Palatine & Family Practice all off the 14. There you can find tests for chlamydia, herpes, HIV/Aids, gonorrhea, syphilis, and hepatitis. Some clinics can see you the same day and may be able to provide results in as little as 1-2 days.
To find the best services and location for you, use our search tools below to compare location features across Palatine clinics with our easy-to-read chart.