HIV Testing and Counseling
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Your Partner in HIV/AIDS Prevention
The McLean County Health Department is your partner in HIV/AIDS prevention, linkage to care, and PrEP services. Through counseling, testing, community education, outreach, and surveillance, the department works to prevent and control the spread of HIV/AIDS in McLean County. Currently, there is no vaccine or cure for HIV or AIDS. An estimated 1.2 million people are currently living with HIV or AIDS in the U.S. In 2019, Illinois ranked 7th highest in the nation by number and rate of new diagnoses of HIV/AIDS cases (adults and adolescents combined.)
What is HIV?
Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is the virus that can lead to acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), a disease that causes the body to lose its natural protection against infection.
Nearly 1 in 5 people in the United States who are HIV positive do not know they are infected. Statistical information about HIV/AIDS in McLean County is available upon request as released by the Illinois Department of Public Health.
Who is at greatest risk?
How is HIV spread?
How can I prevent getting HIV?
PrEP (Pre-exposure Prophylaxis): What is it and is it right for me?
PrEP is another resource for individuals to use to prevent contracting HIV. In conjunction with other prevention practices, PrEP is a highly effective. PrEP requires taking a medication, consistently, every day. PrEP also requires testing before the medication can be prescribed and periodically while on medication. PrEP financial assistance is available through PrEP4Illinois. A PrEP navigator can provide required testing, labs, and prescribing of PrEP.
Staff would be more than happy to answer any questions you may have about PrEP. You can also speak with your Primary Doctor about prescribing PrEP.
Safe, Private, and Confidential HIV Testing/Counseling Services and Linkage to Care Services
The Health Department offers a few HIV testing options, which a trained professional will discuss with you.
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* Our clinic does not test or treat Herpes or warts. We also don't offer exams.
For more information about our HIV/AIDS services, linkage to care, and PrEP services please contact us at (309) 888-5435.