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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.
Carbondale is the most populous city in Jackson County, which is within the southern Illinois region, informally known as Little Egypt. Jackson County saw chlamydia cases drop in 2019, while gonorrhea and syphilis diagnoses both increased. Still, provisional data for 2020 indicates significant drops in chlamydia and syphilis cases with no notable change in gonorrhea.
Chlamydia cases dropped for the second consecutive year in Jackson County, with a decrease of nearly 4% in 2019 following a dip of just over 2% in 2018. The 2019 decrease in chlamydia diagnoses also resulted in the infection rate dropping to about 991 per 100,000 Jackson County residents. This marked the only year out of the previous five that the rate was below 1,000, meaning it finally fell below 1% of every 100,000 persons. Preliminary data for 2020 shows a 38% drop in chlamydia cases countywide and a 36% drop statewide.
Jackson County reported an increase in gonorrhea cases for the second year in a row in 2019. After an increase of nearly 29% in 2018, the county recorded another increase of about 16.5%, resulting in an infection rate of 362 per 100,000 residents. Unlike other STDs, provisional data for 2020 indicates no notable change in gonorrhea diagnoses countywide, with only one more case reported in 2020 in Jackson County compared to 2019. In contrast, Illinois is poised to potentially document a drop of 30% in gonorrhea infections statewide in 2020, with all but 2% of this decrease being recorded in the Chicago area.
While primary and secondary syphilis cases increased about 33% in Jackson County in 2019, early syphilis cases doubled. Early syphilis includes primary and secondary syphilis infections plus early non-primary, non-secondary infections. However, provisional data for 2020 notes that P&S syphilis diagnoses are expected to drop to zero, while early syphilis cases are projected to decrease by 90%. These sharp declines in STD diagnoses are speculated to be the result of lockdowns, temporary STD clinic closures, and testing supply limitations brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic throughout much of 2020.
Untreated STDs can lead to fertility problems, especially in women, and other serious health issues for all sexes, including organ damage and even death. Getting tested is the only way you can be sure you don’t have an undiagnosed STD that you’re passing to your partners, which is why several facilities in and around Carbondale offer free or low-cost STD testing.
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 Carbondale 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:
The Jackson County Health Department offers sexual health screening, treatment, and risk reduction education at its low-cost STD clinic. Services include free HIV and hepatitis B/C testing and chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis testing for the combined price of $20. You’ll receive treatment and referrals as needed. It also provides PrEP if you’re uninsured. Services are available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. to men and women aged 12 and older throughout southern Illinois. You don’t need to be a Jackson County resident to receive services.
415 Health Department Road
Murphysboro, IL 62966
618-684-3143 Ext 150
Shawnee Health Care provides low-cost STD testing by appointment only on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Tuesdays from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. You can receive screening for chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, hepatitis B and C, herpes, and HIV. Vaccines for HPV and hepatitis A and B are available. The clinic takes Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance plans. If you don’t have any insurance coverage, it offers a sliding fee scale for qualified individuals.
400 South Lewis Lane
Carbondale, IL 62901
CRHPC’s Johnston City Community Health Center doesn’t require an appointment for you to receive STD services, which include conventional HIV, hepatitis B and C, gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis, and herpes testing. The health center also provides HPV and hepatitis A and B vaccines. All services are offered at a low cost. CRHPC accepts insurance, Medicaid, and Medicare and offers a sliding fee scale if you don’t have insurance. You can visit the health center Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
14410 Route 37
Johnston City, IL 62951
Heartland Women’s Healthcare offers STD testing to its patients and their sexual partners. All its testing is performed in CLIA-certified labs using FDA-approved/cleared STD tests that require a urine sample. Self-pay pricing is $175, which covers chlamydia, gonorrhea, and trichomoniasis testing. Your fee also covers a video-based consultation to review your test results with one of its providers. You must pay for your services upfront. Heartland Women’s Healthcare is open Monday through Friday.
900 East Walnut Street, #10
Carbondale, IL 62901
Planned Parenthood’s Fairview Heights Health Center, located about 70 miles from Carbondale, provides services from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursdays; and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. You can receive HIV, chlamydia, syphilis, gonorrhea, bacterial vaginosis, herpes, and trichomoniasis testing. Treatment is provided for everything but HIV. If you’re uninsured, you may qualify for a lower fee scale or state-funded program. STD testing is available by walk-in or appointment.
317 Salem Place
Fairview Heights, IL 62208