What are the STI test options in Rockford,IL?
As in the rest of the US, STD rates are going up in Rockford, and health officials are concerned. They point to several factors for the increase, among them the fact that more people are being tested with better technology, which is a good thing. But not enough people are being tested.
Most STDs are asymptomatic in the early stages, and many people don’t yet know they are infected. Meanwhile, they are infecting others, especially since use of protection has declined in recent years. The recent spike in opioid use also contributes to the high numbers.
In 2015, the HIV prevalence rate in Winnebago County was 215 per 100K people, compared to the Illinois rate of 330. In 2017, Winnebago County had 1,980 cases of chlamydia, at a rate of 670.6 per 100K people. The gonorrhea and (primary and secondary) syphilis rates were 223.2 and 3.
Health officials urge every sexually active person to always use protection and get tested regularly, even if they are not experiencing symptoms.
Rockford has some STD-testing clinics, including some church-based offices that provide counseling to pregnant women and offer free STD testing, but only for chlamydia and gonorrhea. Physicians Immediate Care provides STI testing at their three Rockford locations.
The Winnebago County Health Department on Court St offers STI testing on a sliding fee scale based on your income. You will need to make an appointment.
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- Please contact the individual public clinic to confirm pricing. Test pricing at public clinics many times depend on income and welfare eligibility.