Winnebago County increases in-field STI testing

ROCKFORD, Ill(WIFR)--- For some people in Winnebago County, a health exam can be a luxury.

“If you’re found at resources, if you’re found at the link office or if you’re found at the health department that’s not a place where your pimp wants you to be, they want you to be working and they want you to be under their thumb,” says Carly Rice, a former sex worker and human rights advocate.

For this reason, the Winnebago County Health Department has taken the initiative to go into certain communities and offer health screenings.

"That was our approach to reaching them, our best efforts to meet them where they're at and engage them," says Todd Kisner, director at WCHD.