See below for testing resources on and off campus
Lakeshore Campus, 6439 N. Sheridan Rd. (Granada Center)
Water Tower Campus, 26 E. Pearson (Terry Student Center)
The Wellness Center offers confidential testing for common STI’s, such as chlamydia, gonorrhea syphilis, trichomoniasis, human papillomavirus, herpes simplex virus, hepatitis, and HIV. A lab fee is charged for these tests. Confidential tests are done with a doctor or nurse practitioner by appointment.
The Wellness Center offer free, anonymous HIV testing every 3rd Thursday of the month from 3-6pm. This service is provided by Asian Human Services on a first come, first served basis. You may not make an appointment and must stay at the Wellness Center while waiting to be seen.
6500 N Clark St. (15 minute walk from LSC)
Monday – Thursday: 12– 7 PM; Friday: 9 AM-12 PM, 1-4 PM
Howard Brown offers sliding scale HIV/STI testing, pregnancy tests, PEP, and PrEP. Walk-ins welcome.
4009 N Broadway (Off the Sheridan Red Line stop)
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday: 12-8 PM (last appointment taken at 7 PM)
BYC offers free HIV/STI testing, pregnancy tests, PrEP, hormone therapy, and sexual health consultations for students aged 18-24. No appointment necessary, first come first serve. Walk-ins only.
4711 N Broadway (Off the Lawrence red line stop)
Tuesday and Thursday: 12-8 PM
Free HIV and STI testing, no appointments needed.
3656 N Halsted, Chicago, IL 60613 (off the Addison red line stop)
Wednesday: 4–8 PM (last client taken at 7:30 PM); Saturday: 11 AM-3 PM (last client taken at 2:30 PM); Sunday: 9:15 AM-1 PM (last client taken at 12:30 PM).
Center on Halsted offers free HIV testing on a walk-in basis. No appointments are necessary. Referrals can also be made for HIV medical care.
773.661.0910 (HIV Testing & Prevention Program)
Text 872.243.1004, or text "Get2Zero" to 797979
This hotline answers your sexual health questions with professional and trained staff. They can provide referrals for no-cost or low-cost HIV/STI testing, as well as referrals for PrEP, and care for HIV+ individuals. All calls are anonymous.
You can also visit their referral database to search online yourself for these resources at http://www.centeronhalsted.org/hot/admin/survey.cfm.
HIV and STI Testing Terminology
HIV: Human Immunodeficiency Virus
STI: Sexually Transmitted Infection – HIV, chlamydia, gonorrhea, or other infections.
Confidential: Testing in which personal information is collected but is kept confidential. Testing could be noted in a person’s medical record (nobody shares your status or any medical information without your consent).
Anonymous: Testing in which no personal information is collected. Participants receive a number with which to collect their results (nobody knows who you are).
OraSure: HIV test done by oral cotton swab and sent to a lab to be processed. Results are available in 1 – 2 weeks.
OraQuick: Rapid HIV test done by oral cotton swab or through a small blood sample. Results are available in 1 hour.
PEP: short for “post-exposure prophylaxis.” This is a medication that is used by HIV-negative people after coming into contact with HIV to reduce their risk of HIV infection. PEP must be started within 72 hours after HIV exposure.
PrEP: short for “pre-exposure prophylaxis.” This is a medication that is used by HIV-negative people before coming into contact with HIV to reduce their risk of HIV infection. PrEP is an oral pill that is taken once a day, and must be taken for at least 7 days to reach optimal levels of protection against HIV.