For a second year, the City of Evanston Health and Human Services Department is partnering with Howard Brown Health and the Evanston Public Library to provide free sexually transmitted infection (STI) screening in the Evanston community.

Services include HIV prevention counseling and rapid HIV screening (finger prick), as well as confidential syphiis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia screening. These free services will be offered at the library in the Newberry Room, 1703 Orrington Ave. Any interested individual is encouraged to walkin on the second Monday of the month between 3 and 7 p.m., beginning Feb. 12. No appointment is needed.

Screening is confidential, and 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 a person had unprotected sex, has a new partner or multiple partners, or thinks she or he has been exposed to an STI, get tested or talk to a healthcare provider.

Howard Brown, 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. Anyone wishing more information on these monthly STI services may email the center at outreach@howardbrown.org or call/text the City of Evanston at 847-448-4311.