Chlamydia is the most prevalent STD in Cook County. In 2016, chlamydia was most prevalent among females between the age of twenty-four and fifteen. Conversely, syphilis and HIV are the least prevalent common STD’s, comprising 2.49 and 2.3 percent of all STD cases in the county.
In 2016, forty-one percent of all chlamydia cases in Cook County were diagnosed in African Americans and nineteen percent of all diagnosed cases were in people of Hispanic origin.
People looking for locations that offer STD testing in the area can visit Access Community Health Network (Access Northwest Community Family Health Center) on North Arlington Heights Rd. They can also visit Access Community Health Network (Access Genesis Center for Health and Empowerment) on North Broadway St. as well.
The Erie Family Health Center Incorporated (Erie Evanston/Skokie Health Center) on Hartrey Rd. may also be a viable option. Other locations that may offer STD testing include Lake County Health Department and Community Health Center (North Chicago Health Center) on 14th St. and Planned Parenthood of Illinois (Rogers Park Health Center) on North Broadway.
In addition, there may be area locations that offer free STD testing, however, these locations may have upfront fees or long waitlists for services. Many of these locations may also have inconvenient hours and may not provide the option to schedule an appointment in advance.
Walk-in services may not be offered as well. Free locations often offer limited STD tests or tests that aren’t comprehensive. Plus, people who test positive for an STD may not have access to medical consultation or prescriptions.