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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.
Orland Park is a village in Cook County and a suburb of Chicago in northeast Illinois. Cook County was second only to Los Angeles County for having the most cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis per capita compared to all other counties nationwide in 2018.
Two-thirds of all reported chlamydia infections in suburban Cook County have been among adolescents and young adults aged 15 to 24. Diagnoses of chlamydia in Cook County rose every year since 2014, including a 5% increase in 2019. However, per provisional data collected during 2020, Cook County is expected to record a significant drop of 47% in chlamydia cases. Whether this data is accurate or from STDs going undetected due to limited access to testing facilities in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic is unknown.
Gonorrhea diagnoses in Cook County increased every year since 2015, including a 13% spike in cases in 2019. Like chlamydia, two-thirds of all reported gonorrhea cases in suburban Cook County were among the 15 to 24 age group. According to provisional data for 2020, gonorrhea cases are set to drop 30% statewide in 2020, but in Cook County, a significant decrease of 52% is anticipated.
While the projected drop of 23% in Cook County’s primary and secondary syphilis cases in 2020 is by far the largest one the county has seen, it’s not the first decrease recorded in recent years. It was the second year in a row Cook County reported a decline in P&S syphilis cases. In 2018, P&S syphilis cases were 8% lower than they were in 2018, and the county also saw a 3% dip in diagnoses in 2017. Early syphilis cases, which includes all primary, secondary, and early latent syphilis infections, also declined in 2019 by 11% and are expected to fall another 26% in 2020.
STDs often have no symptoms or may masquerade as other issues, so you may have an STD and not even know it. Many STDs are easily treatable, and others can successfully be managed. Don’t guess. Get tested to protect your health and your partners by visiting one of the free or low-cost STD testing resources in Orland Park and nearby communities throughout Cook County.
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 Orland Park 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’s Orland Park Health Center offers low-cost STD services in English and Spanish on Tuesdays through Fridays from 7:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. Your insurance or Medicaid may cover some services, but if you’re uninsured, talk to the clinic about payment options that fit your budget. You’ll need an appointment to receive HIV testing and chlamydia, gonorrhea, herpes, genital warts, syphilis, bacterial vaginosis, and trichomoniasis testing and treatment. You can also get dental dams, male and female condoms, and HPV and hepatitis B vaccines.
14470 South LaGrange Road
Orland Park, IL 60462
Cook County Health’s Blue Island Health Center, located about five miles from Orland Park, offers free STD/HIV testing during your first visit. Services are only available to adults aged 18 or older, and you need an appointment. You can get chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, and herpes testing, and hepatitis A and B vaccines Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Insurance, Medicaid, and Medicare will be accepted for subsequent visits, but all services are offered at low cost if you’re uninsured.
12757 South Western Avenue
Blue Island, IL 60406
You can schedule a same-day appointment at Blue Island Family Health Center for low-cost hepatitis B and C, chlamydia, herpes, syphilis, and gonorrhea testing. The clinic offers a sliding scale, or you can use your insurance, including Medicaid and Medicare. Interpretations for Hindi, Gujarati, Farsi, Spanish, Nepali, and Ibo are available. The clinic operates Mondays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesdays and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
13000 Maple Avenue
Blue Island, IL 60406
Christian Community Health Center, located about 17 miles from Orland Park, provides on-site clinical laboratory diagnostic services to adolescents and adults of all ages. You can request low-cost chlamydia, gonorrhea, hepatitis B and C, and syphilis testing, and a sliding fee scale is available. You must register as a patient, but you don’t need an appointment. The health center is open Mondays and Tuesdays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and from 8 a.m. to noon on the first and third Saturdays of each month.
9718 South Halsted Street
Chicago, IL 60628
ACHN’s Auburn-Gresham Family Health Center, situated about 15 miles from Orland Park, offers low-cost chlamydia, syphilis, herpes, and gonorrhea testing. You must enroll as a patient to receive services, and you’ll need an appointment, but same-day appointments are available Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the first and third Saturdays of every month from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The clinic also offers on-site language interpretations and has a sliding fee scale if you qualify and don’t have insurance, Medicaid, or Medicare.
8234 South Ashland Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60620