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I. STD Testing in Aurora, IL

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At-Home STD Testing

Testing for STDs at home is safe, convenient, and private. Performed regularly, it can help you stay healthy and avoid unknowingly transmitting STDs.

You have many options for at-home STD testing. The best at-home STD tests are FDA approved and evaluated for safety and accuracy with fast result turnaround times and support from health care professionals.

At-home STD testing kits should include instructions for collection and test registration, along with materials such as containers and swabs to collect and send your sample to the lab. Most at-home STD tests offer results in about five days through a secure online patient portal.

Aurora is the second-most populous city in Illinois after Chicago, primarily situated in Kane and DuPage counties. Both Kane and DuPage counties saw chlamydia and early syphilis cases increase in 2019, but gonorrhea infections dropped, which doesn’t fully align with the state’s overall outcomes.

Chlamydia

Chlamydia cases were up in Illinois in 2019, and 63% of all diagnoses were in women. In keeping with the state’s overall results, chlamydia diagnoses were also up in both Kane and DeKalb counties. Kane reported an increase of nearly 6%, while DeKalb recorded a smaller spike of less than 4%. However, both counties have documented relatively large differences between the number of cases in 2019 compared to 10 years ago. Kane has had an overall increase of nearly 63% between 2009 and 2019, while DeKalb’s increase was over 57.5%.

Gonorrhea

Illinois’ gonorrhea diagnoses have historically been higher among males, including 2019, when 59% of all cases were among men. While the state saw gonorrhea cases increase overall, both Kane and DeKalb counties recorded a drop. Gonorrhea infections in Kane County decreased by more than 4.5%, but it has reported an overall increase of over 73% in cases between 2009 and 2019. DeKalb County documented a drop in gonorrhea diagnoses of nearly 17% in 2019, the first since 2015. DeKalb’s gonorrhea cases were relatively stable between 2009 and 2015, until they surged by over 33% in 2016, nearly 41% in 2017, and another 29% in 2018.

Gonorrhea Cases in DeKalb County, 2009-2018

Syphilis

Syphilis has long been much more prevalent among men than women across Illinois. In 2019, 88% of syphilis infections were diagnosed in men statewide. However, unlike many states battling rising syphilis diagnoses, Illinois recorded a drop in cases. Kane and DeKalb counties didn’t contribute to the state’s overall decrease. Primary and secondary syphilis cases rose by 9.5% in Kane County and early syphilis cases increased by nearly 49% in 2019. While DeKalb County reported a drop of 50% in P&S syphilis infections, its early syphilis diagnoses doubled.

STDs can cause serious and permanent damage to your reproductive system and major organs. but most STDs are treatable and many are curable. However, you can only get treatment if you know you have an STD by getting tested at one of the free or low-cost STD testing facilities in Aurora and other nearby communities.

III. STD Resources in Aurora, IL

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Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) remain one of the most critical public health challenges facing the United States, with approximately 26 million new STD infections occurring every year. Nearly half of these new infections affect young people ages 15 to 24.

Community-based organizations are a vital first line of defense in the fight against STDs and HIV/AIDS in particular. They generate awareness and foster social change while providing access to testing and treatment.

You may not be aware of all the STD resources available in Aurora that can help prevent the spread of STDs. Get connected with these community organizations that are leading the fight against STDs and HIV/AIDS with resources and support:

 

Planned Parenthood of Illinois

You must make an appointment to be seen at Planned Parenthood’s Aurora Health Center on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 7:45 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Thursdays from 9:45 a.m. to 7 p.m. STD services are available in English and Spanish and include HIV testing, male/female condoms, HPV and hepatitis B vaccines, and chlamydia, herpes, genital warts, syphilis, and gonorrhea testing and treatment. Your insurance or Medicaid may cover some STD services, but you may qualify for the clinic’s sliding fee scale if you’re uninsured.

3051 East New York Street
Aurora, IL 60504
630-585-0500
Website

DuPage County Health Department

DuPage County’s STD Clinic in Wheaton provides STD services to anyone aged 12 or older by appointment on Mondays from 1:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. You can get confidential exams, testing, treatment, and prevention counseling for syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia; HIV and hepatitis C testing and treatment referrals; PrEP services; expedited partner therapy; HPV and genital warts treatment; and free condoms. There’s an $80 fee if you’re aged 18 or older, but there’s no charge for those under age 18.

111 North County Farm Road
Wheaton, IL 60187
630-682-7400
Website

Open Door Health Center of Illinois

You can get free STD testing at Open Door’s Aurora Health Center, including gonorrhea, chlamydia, hepatitis B/C, and syphilis. Open Door also provides free rapid HIV testing if you’re at risk for HIV/AIDS and provides low-cost hepatitis A/B vaccines, PrEP/PEP services, and STD treatment. The clinic accepts most private insurance plans, Medicare, and Medicaid, and offers a sliding fee or flat fee if you qualify. You need an appointment to receive services Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

157 South Lincoln Avenue, Suite K
Aurora, IL 60505
630-264-1819 Ext 310
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Howard Brown Health

Howard Brown Health offers low-cost full panel STD testing for syphilis, chlamydia, hepatitis A/B and C, and gonorrhea. It also screens for herpes and genital warts, if you have symptoms, and provides free rapid HIV and HIV confirmatory testing. The clinic is committed to providing care, regardless of your ability to pay. It accepts most private insurance plans, Medicare, and Medicaid, and offers a sliding fee scale based on what you can afford to pay. Appointments are available Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

4025 North Sheridan Road
Chicago, IL 60613
773-388-1600
Website

ACCESS West Chicago Family Health Center

ACCESS’ Illinois Family Planning Program offers low to no-cost STD testing and treatments for chlamydia, HIV, gonorrhea, herpes, and syphilis. It accepts Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurance, and has a sliding fee scale if you’re uninsured. Services are by appointment on Mondays through Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Thursdays from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., Fridays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon. Languages spoken at the clinic include English, Spanish, Bengali, and Gujarati.

245 West Roosevelt, Building 14, Suite 150
West Chicago, IL 60185
630-293-4124
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Greater Family Health

Greater Family Health provides HIV/STD testing, treatment, and counseling on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. You can also receive PrEP and free condoms. The clinic accepts private insurance, Medicare, and Medicaid Managed Care Plans, including most HMOs and PPOs. If you don’t have insurance or you’re underinsured, you can self-pay and may qualify for its sliding fee discount program. Based on your reported income and family size, you may qualify to pay a nominal fee of $25 per visit, which includes lab testing.

2550 North Annie Glidden Road
DeKalb, IL 60115
844-599-3700
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