HIV Testing & Prevention Project
Bureau of Maternal and Infant Health
Division of Community Health & Prevention
Illinois Department of Human Services
The HIV Testing and Prevention Project targets family planning clients at the John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital Fantus Health Center Title X Family Planning Program, the Lake County Health Department, and the Chicago Department of Public Health. Nearly 7,000 women in Illinois are currently known to be living with HIV and/or AIDS. Hundreds of women are living with HIV even though they are unaware of their own infections. HIV/AIDS disproportionately impacts African-American women in Illinois and the United States. Roughly 68 percent of Illinois women living with HIV are African American, while African Americans make up only 15 percent of the Illinois population. These programs serve the Chicago Metropolitan area, Lake County, plus many surrounding Chicago community neighborhoods. The percentage of non-Hispanic African Americans living in the clinic service area is high. Over 99 percent of the clinic clients served in SFY09 fall below the federal poverty level.
The HIV Testing and Prevention Project provided for the implementation of universal testing when the Illinois law was adopted in July 2008. The project provides for rapid HIV testing of clients at family planning clinics, enabling many more clients to be tested and referred for treatment.
All family planning clients receive assessment of HIV risk behaviors, education about HIV infection and how it can be prevented. Clients are offered a rapid HIV test, post-test counseling and referral to treatment services at nearby clinics or health centers.
Prevention education includes the ABC approach to educate women to decrease their exposure to HIV. ABC has been redefined to include:
- extramarital abstinence and delaying first sex,
- being faithful in marital or committed relationships and reducing the number of sexual partners and
- correct and consistent use of condoms.
Rapid HIV testing is offered to every family planning client at the beginning of the clinic visit. The test is performed and the results with post-test counseling are available by the end of the visit. Treatment services are available within the Bureau of Health Services of Cook County and Lake County Health Department/Community Health Center.
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Since the Stroger-Fantus project received federal funding in October of 2007, three women were diagnosed as positive for HIV and were referred to the Ruth M. Rothstein CORE Center for follow-up care. The Lake County and Chicago Department of Public Health projects will begin providing services in the winter of 2011. These three projects will greatly expand the availability of rapid HIV testing and will ensure that clients receive test results during their clinic visits.