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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STD Statistics In Winnebago County, IL



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Additional STD Test Statistics in Rockford, IL

Facts on sexually transmitted diseases and how they are affecting Rockford aren’t hidden from the public. They are with county and metro data. You are part of a large metropolis with one of the worst rates, especially for Gonorrhea. Stats for Chlamydia are only slightly better. HIV and Syphilis are also creeping up on the charts.


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Getting tested for the autoimmune deficiency virus isn’t just for “other” people, it is something that everyone should have done. If you’ve been avoiding it because you don’t like having blood taken, the Winnebago County Health Department on Division St. can use an oral swab instead. No needles are involved so you can put that free to rest. It might not always be available, but just let the receptionist know that you don’t want a blood test and they’ll let you know if they can take a swab at that time.

Crusader Community Health has a network of care centers. All carry conventional HIV tests, but the one on W. State St. can perform a rapid one. This way you’ll know your results before the end of an hour. Fees are reasonable, but registration into their system is a must.

The AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin provides conventional testing to anyone that is considered to be at an elevated risk free of charge. Residential restrictions could apply regarding the cost, but they treat anyone that is there during their open hours. Check their online calendar for “free testing days”. Be ready to stand all day, but it could be worth the trip across the state line. If nothing else, you’ll enjoy the scenic drive.

Any Lab Test Now and Quest Diagnostics are two private labs. Testing and early detection are at both, and you won’t have to wait. Since it is a lab, discretion won’t be too hard. Just look to see which one is closest to you.

STD Testing and Sexual Health Education in Rockford, IL

Schools have two choices, they can teach sexual health or not. What they can’t do is have a lesson plan that pushes only for abstinence. Since not all districts and parents agree with sex education, many schools have simply drop boys and girls’ health classes. With almost zero information coming in, including from Planned Parenthood, it’s little wonder that STDs in schools are through the proverbial roof.

You can search for and find information on the web and in library health sections or attend a community-based event. The county has a program that promotes health and wellness. Details are at any of the health centers run by the county.

Health educators are on staff at Crusader Community Health, along with translators to ensure that their message of safe sex gets out.

The ARCW works hard to reach everyone. Galas, auctions and national testing days are some of the events they hold. Classes are open if you want to learn more. Counselors are always available to answer all your questions in person or by phone.

It is still possible to get educated about your sexual health even if your school has dropped it from their schedule. You might have to put in extra time, but when you remain healthy you’ll be glad you did.


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The Rock river runs through it, giving each bank its own unique feel. Trails run beside it, along with sprawling gardens. Downtown is filled with shops and restaurants, and then there are the rotating exhibits at the Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum. What Rockford doesn’t seem to have is a handle on STIs. Hopefully this will change once you get tested and let everyone know that it is something they should do.

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