Park Forest city located in Cook County has in the past few years recorded one of the highest HIV prevalence rates with figures as high as 25,623. According to 2018 records, new HIV infections have substantially risen among African-American males and Latinos aged 20-29 years old and among men who have sex with other men.
Cook County has more cases of the three STDs compared to the other counties according to reports, Cook county had 915 reported cases of Syphilis, 39,539 cases of Chlamydia and 11,082 of Gonorrhea. To reduce the spread of the diseases the county came up with goals such as; Screening, treatment, outreach, and education to help reduce further spread of the STDs.
All counties have a lower Syphilis, Gonorrhea and Chlamydia per capita rate than Cook county besides one.
Park Forest has many public and private health facilities that conduct STD tests across the city. Health organizations in Park forest have stepped up their fight in creating awareness and showing their residents the value of knowing their HIV and STD status. Some of the public clinics may offer free STD testing but doctor’s consultation might come at an extra charge and the result might not be immediate.
Some of the Clinics where you can get tested are; Aunt Martha’s Head Start Site Clinic, on 23485 Western Ave. where they offer tests for Gonorrhea, Syphilis, HIV, and Chlamydia. You can also checkout Access Family Health Society located along 152 W. Lincoln Hwy. and Planned Parenthood of Illinois Flossmoor Health Center.