Will County has experienced fluctuations in STD cases in the past few years. HIV incidents had an upsurge from 611 infections in 2016 to 633 positive diagnoses in 2017. However, the count dropped to 494 in 2018.
Early syphilis infections decreased from 81 new infections at a prevalence rate of 12.0 per 100,000 population in 2016 to 42 positive diagnoses in 2017 at a prevalence rate of 6.2. 2018 showcased an increase in the cases from the previous year to 69 incidents prevailing at a rate of 10.2 per 100,000 people.
Primary and secondary syphilis infections down surged from 46 to 21 cases between 2016 and 2017. In 2018, the cases slightly inflated to 28 positive diagnoses at an occurrence rate of 4.1 per 100,000 population.
Gonorrhea cases increased from 504 in 2016 to 640 positive diagnoses in 2017 to 714 new infections in 2018.
Chlamydia also displayed an upsurge, from 2,563 cases to 2,692 to 2,928 positive diagnoses between 2016, 2017, and 2018.
Since the founding of Will County Health Department and Community Health Center, its staff has developed and initiated STD prevention strategies and programs to help curb the rising numbers of infections.
Some of the programs involve STD surveillance, testing, and treatment, as well as partner notification and counseling.
Some medical facilities offering STD services to the residents residing near Shorewood include Will County Health Department & Community Health Center, Pregnancy Resource Center, and Waterleaf Women’s Center. Other options are Open Door Health Center of Illinois and Planned Parenthood – Aurora Health Center.
Free STD testing might be an option in some clinics. However, you might have to deal with long queues and delayed STD test results.