In 2017, Cook County, home to Palos Hills, IL, recorded 26,372 new HIV diagnoses amongst persons aged 13 years and older. The statistics showed a slight decline in cases from the year before, which recorded 26,465 cases.
Chlamydia infections, having the highest count, recorded 42,422 cases at a prevalence rate of 816.6 per 100,000 persons in 2017. The county noted a rise in infections from 2016 that had 41,056 cases prevailing at a prevalence rate of 790.3 per 100,000 population.
The county health department recorded 14,920 new cases of gonorrhea infections at a prevalence rate of 287.2 per 100,000 persons in 2017. The records show a hike up from the previous year that had 13,608 cases occurring at a rate of 262.0 per 100,000 people.
Primary and secondary syphilis infections were 986 at a prevalence rate of 19.0 per 100,000 persons in 2017, which was a diminution from the previous year with 1,018 cases at a rate of 19.6 per 100,000 individuals.
Early syphilis infections recorded in 2016 were 1,938 at a rate of 37.3. The count shot up to 1,950 at a prevalence rate of 37.5 per 100,000 persons in the following year.
The AIDS Run and Walk Program run by the Cook County Health Department fights against the spread of HIV and AIDS. It also works towards ending stigma and helping society embrace HIV positive persons.
The program advocates for affordable and quality treatment to ensure patients’ live positive and healthy lives.
Access Auburn-Gresham Family Health Center and Planned Parenthood – Orland Park Health Center are some options to consider for STD/HIV screening in the Palos Hills area.
Some clinics may provide free STD testing, with the condition of serving specific people such as low-income earners.
Also, results might not be immediate, and prescriptions for after test care might not be available to persons who test positive.