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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) | TTY 1.800.782.0423 |

The State of Illinois AIDS/HIV & STD Hotline 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.


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

HIV Testing at Center on Halsted


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.


For more information, please call 773.661.0910.

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Short-Term Case Management with a Health Educator 


During the session, you will be able to discuss your sexual health and discuss any scenarios or questions. Short-term case management 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, please call 773.661.0910.

Walk-in Testing at Center on Halsted 

Center on Halsted offers free HIV testing on a walk-in basis Wednesdays from 4:00–8:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. No appointments are necessary. Referrals can also be made for HIV medical care.

For more information, please call 773.661.0910.

Off-site Testing
Center on Halsted offers free HIV testing on a walk-in basis at various locations in Chicago:

  • Last Tuesdays from 6:00–9:00 p.m. at New Town Alano Club, 909 W. Belmont Ave.
  • Wednesdays from 4:00–8:00 p.m. at Rincon Family Services, 3710 N. Kedzie Ave.
  • 1st and 3rd Wednesdays from 1:00–5:00 p.m. at Affinity Community Services,
    1424–8 E. 53rd Street, Suite 306
  • Thursday, October 22nd from 3:00–6:30 p.m. at Leather Archives and Museum,
    6418 N. Greenview Ave.
  • Thursdays from 3:00–7:00 p.m. at Walgreens Pharmacy, 151 N. State St.
  • Fridays from 4:00–8:00 p.m. at Walgreens Pharmacy, 1601 N. Milwaukee Ave.
  • Last Fridays from 11:00 p.m.–5:00 a.m. at Circuit Night Club, 3641 N. Halsted St.
No appointments are necessary. Referrals can also be made for HIV medical care.

For more information, please call 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 and Sarah

Thursdays | 6:00–7:30 p.m. | July 9–September 10

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 Educators.

To register or for more information, please contact Luis Couret at or 773.472.6469 EXT 409; or Sarah Liebert at or 773.472.6469 EXT 400.

Youth Empowerment Project

We 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

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) or email 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.

HIV/STD Awareness Days

Additional Resources

Contact Us

For the State of Illinois AIDS/HIV & STD Hotline call 1.800.AID.AIDS (243.2437) or TTY 1.800.782.0423, or email

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


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