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HIV & STI Screening

Get tested and know your status! The Potocsnak Family Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine provides free and confidential HIV/STI Screening. We also provide PrEP prescriptions for individuals up to 24 years of age. Screening includes:

  • HIV
  • Syphilis
  • Gonorrhea
  • Chlamydia
  • Trichomoniasis

Click here to learn more about our Connect for Youth (C4Y)- Integrated Substance Use Screening/HIV Testing.

Our Team


Certified counselors will provide on-site, free, confidential HIV STI screening sessions, as well as safer sex counseling.


Lurie Children’s Outpatient Services at 1440 N. Dayton

Please contact us to schedule an appointment or to check walk-in availability and off-site options. Call or text 312.487.2179 or email healthed@luriechildrens.org.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The CDC recommends testing every 3-6 months if you are a sexually active person. It is important to be tested, and treated, if necessary, not only for your health but the health of your partners. The sooner you know of an infection the faster we can get you and your partners in for treatment.

You can expect the visit to last between 20-35 minutes. A certified counselor will take a brief sexual and “risk” history, followed by the screening process.

We use a rapid finger stick/prick screener for HIV and for syphilis.

We offer rectal, vaginal, throat swabs and urine samples for gonorrhea and chlamydia.

All of our HIV/STI counselors are certified and trained to help you through the screening process.

Still a little nervous? Watch this video to see an example of how your HIV screening experience will look.

Since HIV is a chronic disease (meaning you have it for the rest of your life), there is no cure, but there are a variety of medical treatment options for HIV-positive individuals. These treatments ensure folks are able to have healthy bodies, similar to how they would if they were not HIV-positive. If results show you as positive for HIV, Lurie Children's HIV screening team will help connect you to medical care. Folks who are 22 or older will be connected to long term care that best fits your needs.

We are able to treat for gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis, and trichomoniasis if you are between the ages of 12 and 24 for FREE. If you are older than 24, we will help you find a location where you can be treated.

Absolutely! We provide PrEP prescriptions for individuals up to 24 years of age.

For further questions, please email healthed@luriechildrens.org.


Your support is vital in helping us continue to make a difference in the lives of patients and families. The Potocsnak Family Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine relies on philanthropic funding to enhance its programs, services and research for adolescents and young adults. To learn more, please e-mail the Ann Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago Foundation at foundation@luriechildrens.org or call 312.227.7500

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