The number of HIV infections in Zion, IL, soared from 613 at a rate of 107 in 2013 to 707 at a rate of 122 in 2017. A persistent rise in the number of Chlamydia cases was noted over the years, and the infections increased from 2,529 at a rate of 392.5 in 2008 to 3,357 at a rate of 477.2 in 2017.
The number of Gonorrhea infections in the city ascended from 548 at 85.0 in 2008 to 586 at a rate of 83.3 in 2017.
There were few Syphilis infections among the Lake County residents. However, the number rose over the years from only 5 cases at a rate of 0.8 in 2008 to 30 at a rate of 4.3 per 100,000 persons in 2017.
The Lake County Department of Health has increased the number of Disease Intervention Specialists (DIS) whose task is to conduct surveillance and case investigations on HIV/STIs infections. They also help health care providers in locating individuals who tested positive but are not seeking treatment. The DIS team is also trained to inform people infected and affected by the infections on the causes of such diseases as well as taking their sexual histories.
PromptMed Urgent Care and Planned Parenthood – Kenosha Health Center are some of the clinics in the city that provide HIV/STD testing, treatment, and prescriptions. Zion residents may also opt for the Lake County Health Department – Zion Health Center or the Aurora Health Center which are conveniently located within the city.
Free STD testing may be available in some of the city clinics. However, some of the tests may not be comprehensive, and doctor consultation may be available at a fee.