Get support. Stop the spread.

African-Americans are still at increased risk during the global HIV pandemic. There are services available just for you. Connect with professionals near you.


Transforming Reentry Services is providing HIV and HCV screening for African-American Men having Sex with Men (MSM), African-American Transgenders, High-Risk Heterosexual African-Americans, and African-American Injection Drug Users. 

For additional HIV & HCV screening sites, please use the Supportive Services & Referral Directory by Transforming Re-entry Services. 

Between 1999 and 2013, the number of African-American men in Illinois living with HIV more than double.

In 2013, 1 in 71 African-American men in the state of Illinois had tested positive for HIV.

Without testing and treatment, a person can suffer from HIV and transmit the virus to others for more than a decade, showing no sympoms until their immune system has already been destroyed.

IDPH has provided nearly $26 million to scores of agencies across the state, to provide all Illinoisans access to sustainable HIV prevention and care, as a part of the

A person with HIV who takes HIV medication as prescribed can enjoy a full, healthy life, and has effectively no risk of sexually transmitting HIV to others.

Stopping the uncontrolled spread of HIV throughout vulnerable African-American communities in Illinois is achievable. Do your part, and get tested today.

Who is this for?

This state-funded risk-based* HIV and HCV testing are available for African-Americans that are:
  1. Men having sex with men
  2. High-risk heterosexuals
  3. Injection Drug Users

If you fall outside of these populations, you can still get a routine test from your nearest IDPH-funded site.

If you have questions or concerns, please call the Illinois HIV/STD hotline at 1-800-243-2437.

If you or someone you know are pregnant and have HIV concerns, please call the Illinois Perinatal HIV hotline at 1-800-439-4079.

There are people waiting to help you. You are never alone.

About the IDPH AAARA program

*This program is funded by Illinois Department of Health’s African-American AIDS Response Act. Priorities for the highest risk populations to be served and the interventions to be provided are established by the Department under the guidance of the Illinois HIV Integrated Planning Council. You may review the latest public set (2021-23) of Risk Group Definitions recommendations from the Council here