Illinois: Health Department Offers HIV Testing

This article was reported by Northwest Herald.

The Northwest Herald reported that Illinois's McHenry County Department of Health (MCDH) is offering free and confidential rapid HIV testing by appointment for individuals at high risk for infection in observance of April's National Public Health Week. The department also will assess individuals for risk factors and provide them with educational materials during their visit. To schedule an appointment, call MCDH at (815) 334-4500. According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, McHenry County had 124 reported HIV cases as of June 2013, with 69 of those having advanced to AIDS. The county stresses the importance of those diagnosed with HIV being aware of their status and being linked to ongoing care and prevention services to live longer, healthier lives and reduce the risk of transmitting HIV to others.