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All services are available in English and Spanish.
Todos los servicios se ofrecen en Español e Inglés.




Programs and Services


State of Illinois AIDS/HIV & STD Hotline 

1.800.AID.AIDS (243.2437) 

The State of Illinois AIDS/HIV & STD Hotline (800.243.2437) answers your sexual health questions with friendly, professional and trained staff. The Hotline staff can also find you no-cost and/or low-cost HIV and STDs testing services. A wide variety of other referrals are also available, including referrals for Linkage to Care for HIV+ individuals.

ALL CALLS ARE ANONYMOUS

The State of Illinois AIDS/HIV & STD Hotline is funded by the Illinois Department of Public Health.



HIV Testing at Center on Halsted

1.773.661.0910 TTY 1.800.782.0423

To schedule an HIV testing appointment, call 773.661.0910. We offer free rapid HIV testing every day from 8am-9pm. The test takes 15-20 minutes to process. A trained Health Educator will conduct your test and provide you with current and accurate medical information and emotional support.
The Health Educator is also able to refer you to other social service and medical agencies. Appointments are strongly preferred. We are only able to see walk-in clients on a limited basis.

CONFIDENTIAL AND ANONYMOUS TESTING OPTIONS ARE AVAILABLE

For more information or questions, please call 773.661.0910 during normal business hours.


Getting an HIV test from IMPACT Program on Vimeo.



1-on-1 Session with a Health Educator 

1.773.661.0910 TTY 1.800.782.0423

During the session, you will be able to discuss your sexual health and discuss any scenarios
or questions. You will also receive accurate sexual health information and work with a Health Educator to develop a realistic HIV risk reduction plan. To set up a 1–on–1 session with a Health Educator at Center on Halsted, please call 773.661.0910.

1–on–1 session can also be set up for people who are not ready to test. The sessions are limited
in duration. If the limited sessions are not enough support for you to get you ready for an HIV test, additional referrals will be provided to you so that you will eventually become ready for an HIV test. 1–on–1 sessions can also be beneficial to HIV+ individuals. The Health Educator can assist you with a variety of issues (entering or re-entering medical care, coming to terms with your HIV status, etc.).

For more information or questions about our walk-in testing option, please call 773.661.0910 during normal business hours.


Walk-in Wednesdays at Center on Halsted 

The Center offers free HIV testing on a walk-in basis every Wednesday, from 4:00-8:00 pm.
No appointments are necessary. You are strongly encouraged to arrive by 7:45 p.m.
During 4:00-8:00 p.m. every Wednesday referrals can also be made for HIV medical care.

NO TEST IS REQUIRED FOR THIS 1-ON-1 SESSION

For more information or questions, please call 773.661.0910 during normal business hours.


Late Night Testing at Center on Halsted: Center of Your Night

Center of Your Night happens every Thursday and Friday evenings, from 10:30 p.m. until 1:45 a.m.

Have you seen us offering a test in a local club or bar but would rather test in some place more private? Have you ever been out at night and wanted to get an HIV test? Maybe you want to take your relationship to the next level but wanted to confirm your HIV status first? During Center of Your Night, you can walk-in and receive:

WALK-IN ONLY.

For more information, please call 773.661.0910 during normal business hours.


Late Night Testing at Center on Halsted: Centro de tu Noche

Centro de tu Noche ocurre cada jueves y viernes en la noche de las 10:30 p.m. hasta la 1:45 a.m.

¿Nos has visto ofreciendo pruebas del VIH en un club o bar, pero quizás prefieres hacerte la prueba en algún lugar más privado? ¿Alguna vez has estado disfrutando la noche y te has querido hacer la prueba del VIH? ¿Has querido llevar tu relación al próximo nivel, pero quieres confirmar tu estado de VIH por primera vez? Durante Centro de tu Noche, puedes entrar y recibir:

SOLAMENTE SIN CITA.

Para más información, llame al Programa de Pruebas y Prevención del VIH en 773.661.0910.


HIV-Positive Support Groups 

Are you looking to connect with others living with HIV? Do you want to share your story in a safe and friendly environment? Center on Halsted offers HIV-Positive support groups:

HIV+ Support Group | Facilitated by Luis

Thursdays | 6:30–8:00 p.m. | September 25–December 4
Open to Ages 22 and Older | Pre-registration Required | FREE

A 10-week group for persons living with HIV is forming and there is still room for you.
Open to anyone living with HIV regardless of length of diagnosis. This group is a safe, confidential space for people who are living with HIV to share their experiences, to learn from each other, and
to find support from others who may have similar circumstances. This group is facilitated by trained Health Educator Clinicians. The registration deadline for this group is October 9th.

To set-up an appointment for an intake to the group or to receive more information, please contact Luis Couret at 773.472.6469 EXT 409
or lcouret@centeronhalsted.org.





OVAH! (Our Voices Advocating Health) Program

OVAH! is a program designed to address significant gaps in substance abuse and HIV prevention services in Chicago. The word OVAH! is a common term used by Young Men who have sex with Men (YMSM) of Color (mostly black and Latino youth) and was developed within the "Ball Scene" to mean: wonderful, amazing, fabulous, fierce, something great. The Ball scene has, since the 1930's, been a gay subculture in many U.S. cities in the form of "families" that mobilize around competitive "balls" between house families. House mothers and fathers also offer mentorship and support to many youth ostracized by blood families on the basis of their sexual orientation. Because the population of focus uses this word frequently, OVAH! was chosen as the name of the project.

The intervention, which is a collaboration with Test Positive Aware Network (TPAN), addresses the needs of young African-American MSM ages 18-24 including, though not limited to, members of the "ball scene". Most national interventions deal with either HIV prevention or substance use, not both at the same time. The OVAH! intervention addresses both of these issues and their relationship
to each other. OVAH! also encourages reflective dialogue on other life issues like employment, education, and mental and spiritual wellness, in order to promote holistic support.
OVAH! is a dynamic program, the first of its kind, that helps young men in our
community develop skills needed to live healthier lives.



Youth Empowerment Project

WWe are working to reduce the rate of HIV transmission and infection in the Chicago African-American and Latino communities with a focus on individuals between the ages of 18 and 29 years. This mission is in line with the National HIV/AIDS Strategy for the United States. To accomplish this mission, Youth Empowerment partners with other established HIV service and community based organizations in outreach, HIV status awareness and prevention to create a community
of friendship and empowerment. Our efforts are made possible with new funding from the
Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The project employs social action programs endorsed by the CDC including Mpowerment, a national youth group centered program; CLEAR, which is an individualized life enhancing program; and, both Counseling Testing and Referral (CTR) and Personalized Cognitive Counseling (PCC) for awareness testing and prevention education.

Partnership with other Chicago service organizations is principal to Youth Empowerment Project success. Center on Halsted will partner with three local organizations: Chicago House Social Services Agency, which provides housing and supportive services for HIV-affected and at-risk individuals and families; Affinity Community Services, which is a social justice organization that works with and on behalf of Black LGBTQ communities; and, the Chicago Gay Black Men's Caucus, which works to reduce new HIV infections and bridge gaps across the Black MSM community via outreach, programs and more.

If you have any questions regarding the Youth Empowerment project and our mission, please send a message to youthempowerment@centeronhalsted.org.




Keep It Up!




Keep It Up! (KIU!) is an online sexual health program and survey which can be done completely
from your home computer! KIU! makes extensive use of video, games, animation, and humor.
Past participants have said that they have enjoyed the sex-positive attitude of the program.

Earn up to $50 in gift cards if you are eligible and complete the program.

The first assessment only takes about an hour to complete. Those interested can text 312.445.0864 for more information. You can also send an email to kiu@centeronhalsted.org for more information.

Grant funding from the National Institute of Health (NIH) originally supported the development
of the KIU! Intervention program.

KIU! Is currently being implemented at Center on Halsted through a partnership with the IMPACT Program at Northwestern University. It is a Community-Level Intervention funded by the Chicago Department of Public Health. The program at the Center receives its funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The aim of KIU! Is to motivate behavioral changes by addressing peer norms, personal vulnerability, the pros and cons of condom use, etc.




Resources & Documents 

Referral Database

To get the most up-to-date information and referrals, we suggest calling our free and confidential hotline at 1.800.AID.AIDS (243.2437). Click here to access our referral database to find service organizations in your area. (This page currently located on our old website. Please be aware that links no longer work on this site. We appreciate your understanding in our transitional period.)
This is a useful tool for individuals who aren't comfortable or able to speak over the phone or for other service providers looking for additional resources in the community.

2014 HIV/STD Awareness Days

Additional Resources



Contact Us

For the State of Illinois AIDS/HIV & STD Hotline call 1.800.AID.AIDS (243.2437).

For the HIV Testing & Prevention Program or to set an appointment, call 773.661.0910.
TTY 1.800.782.0423.



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