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. Through counseling, testing, community education, outreach, and surveillance, the department works to prevent and control the spread of HIV/AIDS in McLean County. At this time, 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 2011, Illinois ranked 6th highest in the nation for the number of HIV/AIDS cases.
What is HIV?
The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is the virus that causes AIDS, or acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, a disease that causes the body to lose its natural protection against infection.
Nearly one-third of individuals 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?
- Men who have sex with other men
- Persons who have more than one sex partner or who don't know their partner's sexual history
- Persons who share needles or syringes to inject drugs
- Sex partners of persons who practice or have practiced the above behaviors.
How is HIV spread?
- Unprotected sex
How can I prevent getting HIV?
- Get tested at least yearly
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.
Staff at MCHD would be more than happy to answer any questions you may have about PrEP. Please call us at (309) 888-5396 or find PrEP providers in the area. You can also speak with your Primary Doctor about prescribing PrEP; we would also be happy to answer any questions your doctor may have about PrEP.
Safe, Private, and Confidential HIV Testing and Counseling Services
The health department offers various HIV testing options, which a trained professional will discuss with you.
For more information about our HIV/AIDS services please contact us at 309-888-5435.
Ask about our other services
- STI exams