Loyola University Chicago

Wellness Center

STI-HIV Testing

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)

(773) 508-8883

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)

773-388-1600

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.

https://howardbrown.org/

4009 N Broadway (Off the Sheridan Red Line stop)

773-935-3151

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.

https://howardbrown.org/byc/

 4711 N Broadway (Off the Lawrence red line stop)

312-227-2951

Tuesday and Thursday: 12-8 PM

Free HIV and STI testing, no appointments needed.

healthed@luriechildrens.org     

3656 N Halsted, Chicago, IL 60613 (off the Addison red line stop)

773-661-0916

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.

http://www.centeronhalsted.org/

800-AID-AIDS (800-243-2437)

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.