What is HIV?
HIV stands for human immunodeficiency virus. It weakens a person's immune system by destroying important cells that fight disease and infection. No effective cure exits for HIV. But with proper medical care, HIV can be controlled.
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The only way to know for sure whether you have HIV is to get tested.
Should I Get Tested For HIV?
According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) everyone ages 13 to 64 should get tested for HIV at least once. If you’re pregnant or planning to get pregnant, get tested as early as possible to protect yourself and your baby.
You should get tested at least once a year if:
- You’re a sexually active gay or bisexual man. Some sexually active gay and bisexual men may benefit from more frequent testing (every 3 to 6 months).
- You’ve had sex with an HIV-positive partner.
- You’ve had more than one partner since your last HIV test.
- You’ve shared needles or works to inject drugs.
- You’ve exchanged sex for drugs or money.
- You have another sexually transmitted disease, hepatitis, or tuberculosis.
- You’ve had sex with anyone who has done anything listed above or with someone whose sexual history you don’t know.
Confidential or anonymous rapid testing is available. Call to check eligibility and make an appointment. HIV testing is also part of our routine STD screenings offered in our sexual health clinics. STI Clinic
For more information, call (618) 692-8954 ext. 2.
Resources for Individuals Living with HIV
Illinois HIV Care Connect is an extensive, statewide network of health care and support services for people living with HIV. If you are interested in additional HIV resources, contact Illinois HIV Care Connect.