The CDC recommends that all people receive at least one lifetime HIV test. Individuals who are at an increased risk (racial/ethnic groups, substance users, gay and bisexual men and youth aged 13-24 years) should be tested regularly. Regular testing empowers those infected with HIV to learn their status, be linked to life-saving treatment and care and prevent the spread of HIV to others.
In recognition of the 19th annual National HIV Testing Day (June 27), McHenry County Department of Health (MCDH) is offering free rapid HIV testing by appointment during the week of June 23rd-June 27th.
The test consists of a small finger-stick blood sample and results are available in less than 30 minutes. Individuals are also assessed for risk factors and provided educational material. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) reports, as of December, 2013, there are 123 people in McHenry County living with HIV, 70 of whom have advanced to AIDS (acquired immune deficiency syndrome).
To schedule an appointment, call MCDH at 815-334-4500. For more information about this national event, visit http://www.cdc.gov/features/hivtesting/.