Frequently Asked Questions
Why Get Screened for HIV and STIs?
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.
What Can I Expect During a Visit?
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.
Is There Treatment or Linkage to Care Options?
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.
I Tested Negative for HIV and am Interested in Starting PrEP. Can You Help with That?
Absolutely! Check out our PrEP Clinic to get connected to PrEP care.
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