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BELVIDERE, Ill. —The Boone County Health Department will open a new Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) Clinic Thursday, Feb. 6. The clinic will be open every Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Health Department office, 1204 Logan Ave., Belvidere, Ill.
“Bringing this STI clinic to Boone County will provide a much-needed resource and ultimately result in a healthier community,” said Aida Alanis, RN, communicable and chronic disease case manager for the Boone County Health Department. “According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, the rates of STIs in Boone County are rising. Opening a new STI clinic will create more accessible testing for Boone County residents.”
Members of the community can go to the health department for fast, confidential and affordable testing, without health insurance or an appointment. Initially, gonorrhea and chlamydia testing will be available every Thursday from 9 a.m to 5 p.m.
The cost will be $20, paid by cash, check or credit card. However, no one will be denied testing for an inability to pay. Clients will be required to show a photo ID before receiving testing.
Amanda Mehl, Boone County Health Department’s director of Personal Health Services, said: “Two-thirds of all chlamydia and gonorrhea cases nationwide are detected among young people 26 and under, and the rates are climbing. As the Health Department, it is important that we address any and all health needs identified in our community, and this is certainly one of them.”
In Illinois, “a minor 12 years of age or older who may have come into contact with any STI may give consent to the furnishing of medical care or counseling related to the diagnosis or treatment of, or vaccination against, an STI,” according to the Illinois Administrative Code, Section 693.130 Treatment of Minors.
By providing accessible and confidential STI testing, the Health Department hopes to reduce the spread of STIs in Boone County.
For more information, call (815) 547-8366, e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet @boonecohealth.
Posted Feb. 5, 2014