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Hotlines, Consortia, Health Departments and Other HIV Testing Sites

January 1, 1980

Hotlines, Consortia, Health Departments and Other HIV Testing Sites

This is an excerpt from There is Hope: Learning to Live with HIV, 2nd Edition, written by Janice Ferri, with Richard R. Roose and Jill Schwendeman, a publication of The HIV Coalition.

1. Hotlines

CDC National AIDS Information Clearinghouse
800-243-7012-Hearing-impaired TTY/TDD
  • Questions answered and publications mailed confidentially, free of charge. Reference specialists do free database searches and make referrals on any aspect of HIV/AIDS.

CDC National AIDS Hotline
888-232-6348-Hearing-impaired TTY/TDD

  • 24-hour toll-free hotlines providing confidential information, referrals, and educational materials to all.

Gay Men's Health Crisis (New York)
212-807-6655-General information and crisis line
212-337-3504-Legal Services Information Line
212-807-7519-Financial Information Line
212-337-3500-Ombudsman Information Line

  • Resources open to all. All aspects of HIV/AIDS including referrals and educational materials.

National Native American AIDS Hotline

National Runaway Switchboard

  • 24-hour hotline providing crisis intervention and referrals for youths age 12 to 18.

Office of the National AIDS Policy Coordinator

  • Information and contacts to U.S. Public Health Service programs providing HIV-related services. Free.

People with AIDS Coalition, Inc.
50 West 17th Street, 8th Floor
New York, NY 10011

  • Toll-free hotline is staffed exclusively by people with HIV/AIDS. Provides peer counseling, treatment information and referrals. Request their monthly magazine "Newsline" in English, and quarterly magazine "SIDAhora" in Spanish and English, by and for Latinos affected by HIV/AIDS. Bilingual.

Project Inform
1965 Market Street, Suite 220
San Francisco, CA 94103
10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon-Sat (Pacific time).

  • National HIV/AIDS treatment information and advocacy organization. Not a crisis line. Mailing service and national speakers program. Bilingual.

San Francisco AIDS Foundation Trilingual Hotline
PO Box 426182
San Francisco, CA 94142-6182
415-864-6606-Hearing-impaired TTY/TDD
9 a.m.-9 p.m. Mon-Fri,
11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat-Sun (Pacific time).

  • Information, referrals and peer counseling in English, Spanish and Filipino.

Southern California HIV/AIDS Hotline
AIDS Project Los Angeles

  • Information, referrals and support. Not an acute crisis line.

Chicago Area

AIDS Foundation of Chicago Hotline
411 South Wells
Chicago, IL 60607

  • Information on AIDS-related education, health care, and social services. Up-to-date information on the latest clinical trials and new programs for HIV-affected persons.

Connection Crisis Intervention and Referral Services
PO Box 906
Libertyville, IL 60048
708-367-1080-24-hour crisis and referral service
800-310-1234-Teen line

  • Trained crisis workers provide telephone support and access to agencies, self-help, and prevention information to those with HIV and their caregivers. Lake County service area. No fees.

Illinois AIDS Hotline
800-782-0423-Hearing-impaired TTY/TDD

  • Up-to-date information on HIV transmission, HIV counseling and testing sites. Offers information and support resources, risk reduction. Bilingual.

Parental Stress Services
600 South Federal Street
Suite 205
Chicago, IL 60605
312-427-1102-Enrollment in groups/classes
10 a.m.-2 p.m. Mon-Fri
312-3PARENT (372-7368)-24-hour hotline
312-427-1102-Hearing-impaired TTY/TDD

  • 24-hour Parental Stress Hotline offers counseling, support, problem-solving, and referrals. Parent education classes, parent support and children's groups. HIV-affected families welcome.

Ravenswood Community Mental Health Center Crisis line

  • Crisis line for emotional and psychological emergencies.

Talkline Help Lines
PO Box 1321
Elk Grove Village, IL 60009
708-228-6400-Talkline for adults
708-228-8336-Teen line
708-228-5437-Kids' line

  • Telephone helplines provide 24-hour crisis intervention, emotional support, information and referrals.

2. Illinois HIV Care Consortia

The State of Illinois currently funds seven consortia that provide HIV/AIDS
services based on community needs throughout the State. The consortia are:

AIDS Foundation of Chicago
411 South Wells
Chicago, IL 60607

  • Serves Cook County. Provides case management, primary care, housing, and nutrition.

Champaign-Urbana Public Health District
710 North Neil Street
Champaign, IL 61824

  • Serves Champaign, Coles, Ford, Iroquois, Vermilion, Edgar, DeWitt, Douglas, and Piatt Counties. Provides case management, medical services, and housing assistance.

Kane County Health Department
1330 North Highland Avenue
Aurora, IL 60506

  • Serves Kane, McHenry, DuPage, Will, Lake, Kendall, Kankakee, and Grundy Counties. Provides case management, medical and mental health services, housing assistance, substance abuse treatment, transportation, nutritional services, and dental care.

Peoria City/County Health Department
2116 North Sheridan Road
Peoria, IL 61604

  • Serves Peoria, Tazewell, McLean, Woodford, Marshall, Stark, Knox, Putnam, Fulton, and LaSalle Counties. Provides case management, medical and mental health services, housing assistance, and transportation.

St. Clair County Health Department
#19 Public Square, Suite 150
Belleville, IL 62220

  • Serves St. Clair, Madison, Monroe, Bond, Randolph, Washington, and Clinton Counties. Provides case management, medical and mental health services, housing assistance, transportation, and nutritional services.

Southern Illinois University School of Medicine
PO Box 19230
Springfield, IL 62794

  • Serves Sangamon, Macon, Montgomery, Christian, Logan, Morgan, Macoupin, Cass, and Menard Counties. Provides case management, medical and dental services and oral surgery, housing assistance, transportation, nutritional services, early intervention, and patient advocates.

Winnebago County Health Department
401 Division Street
Rockford, IL 61104
815-962-5092, ext. 253

  • Serves Winnebago, Jo Daviess, Stephenson, Boone, Carroll, Ogle, DeKalb, and Lee Counties. Provides medical and mental health services, nutritional services, housing assistance, transportation, and assisted living.

3. Illinois Health Departments

Local health departments usually provide anonymous, confidential, and free counseling and testing for HIV. This service may be useful if you want a confirmatory test or want to bring your partner, spouse, or children in for testing. Many health departments also have numbers you can call during business hours to ask questions about HIV and AIDS. Additional services may include case management, partner notification, and physician referral.

Chicago Department of Health Administrative Office
333 South State Street, 2nd Floor
Chicago, IL 60605

  • Primary care community health center providing a full range of medical services at no cost to HIV-positive indigent individuals. Free anonymous and confidential HIV counseling and testing, free STD counseling and testing. Cook County Department of Public Health 1010 Lake Street, Suite 300 Oak Park, IL 60301 708-445-2520, or 708-445-2437 708-445-2405-FAX 708-445-2406-Hearing-impaired TTY/TDD u Free anonymous and confidential HIV counseling and testing. Also provides T cell testing, dental services, case management, physician referrals, and risk reduction/prevention information.

DuPage County Health Department AIDS Program
111 North County Farm Road
Wheaton, IL 60187
708-682-7979, ext. 7310

  • Free anonymous and confidential HIV counseling and testing, information and referrals, case management; free T cell and TB testing and transportation to appointments for those with HIV. Help in accessing Public Aid, Social Security, physicians, housing, and support groups. Monthly event night for those with HIV and their loved ones.

Evanston Health Department
2100 Ridge Avenue
Evanston, IL 60201

  • Anonymous and confidential HIV counseling and testing, STD testing/treatment; free T cell, TB, and syphilis testing for those with HIV. Partner notification, case management, physician referrals, home and hospital visits. Free. Kane County Health Department 1330 North Highland Avenue Aurora, IL 60506 708-897-1124 708-897-4845-FAX Second location at: 77 Riverside Drive, 3rd floor Elgin, IL 60120 708-695-0848 u HIV/AIDS education, group counseling, and referrals. TB testing/treatment. Public Aid accepted.

Kendall County Health Department
111 West Fox Street
Yorkville, IL 60560

  • Medicare-certified home health agency providing nursing, physical, occupational and speech therapies on intermittent basis with physician orders. No Kendall County resident denied nursing service. Set fee; Public Aid accepted.

Lake County Health Department
2400 Belvidere Road
Waukegan, IL 60085

  • Anonymous and confidential HIV counseling and testing, prevention education, HIV support groups, and home health care. Linkages with other providers.

McHenry County Department of Health
2200 North Seminary Avenue
Woodstock, IL 60098

  • HIV counseling and testing and AIDS education/referrals. Organizer of McHenry County AIDS Task Force. Free. Bilingual.

Oak Park Department of Health
123 Madison
Oak Park, IL 60302

  • HIV/STD counseling and testing. Educational programs for community groups, schools and professionals. Free testing for Oak Park residents, otherwise charges based on sliding scale.

St. Clair County Health Department
19 Public Square, Suite 150
Belleville, IL 62220-1624

  • HIV prevention through individual counseling and HIV testing. Provides and coordinates outpatient support services.

Stickney Public Health Department
5635 State Road
Burbank, IL 60459

  • Dental care, financial assistance, information and referrals to services, primary medical care, and psychosocial counseling.

Will County Health Department
501 Ella Avenue
Joliet, IL 60433

  • Anonymous and confidential HIV counseling and testing. Case management referral services. Bilingual.

Other Illinois HIV Testing Sites

Following is a list of other sites that provide anonymous and confidential HIV counseling and testing throughout Illinois:

Adams County: 217-222-8440
Alexander County: 618-734-4167
Alsip: 708-445-2437
Bridgeview: 708-445-2437
Champaign-Urbana: 217-352-7961
DeKalb County: 815-758-6673
Effingham County: 217-342-9237
Fayette County: 618-283-1044
Franklin County: 618-439-0951
Hardin County: 618-287-2311
Harvey: 708-445-2437
Henry County: 309-852-0197
Interventions/Chicago: 312-633-4990
Jackson County: 618-684-3143
Johnson County: 618-658-5011
Kankakee County/Kankakee: 815-937-7878
Macon County: 217-423-6988
Madison County/Alton: 618-463-5934
Madison County/Granite City: 618-877-5110
Markham: 708-445-2437
Massac: 618-524-2212
Morgan County/Jacksonville: 217-245-5111
McDonough County: 309-837-9951
McLean County: 309-888-5435
Open Door/Elgin-Aurora: 708-695-1093
Peoria City/County: 309-685-6181
Phase/Rockford: 815-962-0871
Pope County: 618-683-3261
Pulaski County/Ullin: 618-634-2297
Rock Island County: 309-793-1955
Rolling Meadows: 708-445-2437
St. Clair County/East St. Louis: 618-874-2920
Springfield: 217-789-2182
Tazewell County: 309-925-5511
Union County: 618-833-8561
Vermilion County: 217-431-2662
Whiteside County: 815-772-7411
Williamson County: 618-993-8111
Winnebago County: 815-962-5092

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This article was provided by HIV Coalition (HIVCO).