Whiteside County, home to Sterling, IL, reported 21 HIV infections at a rate of 44 in 2017, which was a very slight increase from 20 new cases at a rate of 41 recorded in 2016.
In 2016, Chlamydia cases reported in Sterling, IL, were 173 at a rate of 295.7, and in 2017, they had surged to 184 at a rate of 314.5.
Gonorrhea had 19 new infections at a rate of 32.4 in 2016 that declined to 16 infections at a rate of 27.4 in 2017, indicating that measures set to reduce the rate of transmission were effective.
Primary and secondary Syphilis incidences were constant, with 1 case noted both in 2016 and 2017 at the rate of 1.7 per 100,000 population. Early Syphilis infections decreased from 2 cases in 2016 at a rate of 3.4 to 1 infection at the rate of 1.7 in 2017.
The Whiteside County Health Department works towards reducing the rate of transmission of HIV/STD by offering high-risk residents low-cost to free confidential HIV and STD counseling and testing services. The County Health sector also creates awareness through outreach programs to residents by providing comprehensive facts and information about sexually transmitted diseases and HIV/AIDS.
The city has numerous health care centers providing free STD testing to willing residents, but doctor consultation might not be available. Also, prescriptions for after test care might not be available if you’re tested positive.
Some of the accessible healthcare centers in Sterling, IL, providing STD/HIV testing, screening, care, and treatment include White Oak Women’s center, CGH Ready Care Clinic, Sterling VA Clinic, and CGH Medical Center.