FAQs for testing in Cook County
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Who is eligible for chlamydia and gonorrhea testing with Cook County?

You can get a free at-home STI test kit if you are 18 and over and live in Cook County.

If you are having symptoms of chlamydia or gonorrhea or if you are pregnant, please talk to a healthcare provider. If you think that you may have been exposed recently, consider waiting 7-21 days since exposure, as tests may not accurately detect the infection.

For in person services in Cook County, please visit the Cook County Department of Public Health webpage.

Who will see someone’s results and data?

Test results will only be shared as permitted or required by law. The Cook County Health Department and the Illinois Department of Health will receive test results for public health purposes. The sample itself also may be analyzed for public health purposes. De-identified specimens and data may be used by Color and Color partners as described in Color’s Privacy Policy.

The healthcare provider who ordered your test and Color will also have access to test results. If you have a positive test result, a Color clinician and care advocate will call you to discuss treatment. You may also receive a call from a Disease Intervention Specialist (DIS) to discuss sexual partners who might have been exposed. Partner Services is a voluntary, free, and confidential service to locate partners.

If you have a positive test result, a Color clinician will attempt to reach you by phone up to three times to discuss your results and treatment plan.

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