Round Lake Beach, Illinois, a northern suburb of Chicago in Lake County is dealing with a dangerous STD outbreak.
Chlamydia cases are rising. In 2007, Lake County reported 2,118 new infections, and in 2016, it increased to 3,042.
The county had 469 new gonorrhea infections in 2007 and 484 in 2016. Additionally, primary and secondary syphilis diagnoses are also going up. In 2007, there were only 8 new cases. In 2016, it increased four times to 28.
There are 19,704 people living with HIV in Chicago. In 2017, there were 742 new diagnoses. 84 % of the new cases between 2013 and 2017 were male.
Illinois health officials are concerned about the number of new HIV infections in Lake County and the Chicago area. The metro makes up 72% of the entire state’s HIV/AIDS rate. They hope through awareness, education, testing, and treatment communities can reduce the infection rate.
Round Lake Beach and the surrounding areas have many sites that provide comprehensive STD testing. Most facilities offer educational materials, treatment, and follow-up care.
One option is the Lake County Health Department on Dodge Ave in Waukegan. It also operates a clinic at the North Chicago Health Center on 14th St. This location is accessible by a public bus route.
The Cook County Health Department provides STI screenings at the Arlington Heights Health Center on N Arlington Heights Rd.
Free STD testing is possible with some locations. These places may ask for proof of income and walk-in appointments might not be available.