Sexually transmitted infection testing offered at library

Howard Brown Health will provide free sexually transmitted infection screening at the Evanston Public Library on the second Monday of each month this year.

The program, in collaboration with Evanston's Health and Human Services Department and the library, provides HIV prevention counseling and rapid HIV finger-prick screening, as well as confidential syphilis, gonorrhea and chlamydia screening.

The walk-in service will be offered in the small community meeting room on the first floor at the library, 1703 Orrington Ave., from 3 to 7 p.m., beginning Jan. 14. No appointment is needed.

Screening is confidential. If necessary, participants will be connected to treatment and partner services. Individuals can choose to be tested alone or with their partner.

Often STIs have mild symptoms or no symptoms at all, meaning many people do not know they have an STI. The only way to know for sure is to be tested. If you’ve had unprotected sex, have a new partner or multiple partners, or think you’ve been exposed to an STI, you may want to get tested or talk to your healthcare provider.

Howard Brown Health, a Chicago-based federally qualified health center, is a national leader in sexual health, working to eliminate healthcare disparities in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community.

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