HIV surveillance report in Cook County showed 25,623 cases per 100,000 individuals in 2018. The count was a significant decrease from the previous year as the county had recorded 26,372 cases.
Chlamydia depicted the highest number of infections amongst all STDs. In 2018, the health department recorded 43,271 cases at a prevalence rate of 833.0, significantly higher than 2017, that recorded 42,422 cases at a prevalence rate of 816.6.
The county has experienced a notable increase in the number of new gonorrhea cases over the years. Statistics for 2017 showed 14,920 cases at a prevalence rate of 287.2 while the count in 2018 was 16,117 at a prevalence rate of 310.3.
The department recorded 1,950 cases of early syphilis occurring at a prevalence rate of 37.5 in 2017 and 2,296 infections at a prevalence rate of 44.2 in 2018. There was a notable increase in numbers between 2017 and 2018.
Reported primary and secondary cases as of 2017 were 986 at a prevalence rate of 19.0. They increased to 1,090 at a prevalence rate of 21.0 in 2018.
Cook County Health collaborated with Rush University Medical Center and opened the Ruth M. Rothstein CORE Center that offers medical care, linkage to care, social and support services, and widespread STD testing and treatment services.
Westchester residents can seek STD testing and medical care in Planned Parenthood – Austin Health Center and CALOR – AHF Affiliate HIV Testing. You can also visit Lawndale Christian Health Center.
You may qualify for free STD testing services, but some facilities operate during inconvenient hours, and you might have to reserve an appointment as walk-in options may not be available.