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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 (800)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 Monday–Saturday from 9:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m. and Sunday from 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. The test takes 15–20 minutes to process. A trained Health Educator will administer 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., last client taken at 7:30 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:

No appointments are necessary. Referrals can also be made for HIV medical care.

Dates and times may occasionally vary from what is listed above,and affected by observed holidays. For more information, please call 773.661.0910.

Youth Empowerment Project

Youth Empowerment is a program designed to build community and promote the health and well-being of African-American and Latino gay and bi men between the ages of 16 and 29 years old. Its mission is to prevent or reduce the rate of HIV transmission among these young men through its various program components, all of which offer gift card incentives for participation. Youth Empowerment is comprised of the following:

Most of our services are mobile! In other words, program services are offered at Center on Halsted or we can come to you for HIV testing, M-group or CLEAR.

To participate or learn more about our programs, please call 773.661.0958 or 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 (800)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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