Health officials in Peoria County are worried about the bacterial STD rates, which went up 50% between 2016 and 2017. The highest rates were reported to be among people 15–29 years old, many of them from low-income areas. Being from a low-income area affects one’s access to healthcare and quality education.
Even if a poor person knows they need care, transportation to the appropriate clinic can be a major issue, as can fear of judgment. Clinics with low-cost or free STD testing can help with part of this, and everyone should know that medical professionals are discreet and only want to help you.
Peoria County had 1,669 chlamydia cases in 2017, at a rate of 894.9 per 100K people. The gonorrhea and (primary and secondary) syphilis rates were 477.8 and 3.8. The HIV prevalence rate in 2015 was 219 per 100K people.
The Peoria City/County Health Department offers testing for HIV, syphilis, chlamydia, and gonorrhea. It’s confidential, but you will need to show ID. Planned Parenthood, located on Knoxville Ave, tests for STIs and treats all of them except HIV. The fee is on a sliding scale based on your income. Bradley University provides STD screening for enrolled students in its health center.