Prevention

If you have been exposed to HIV in the last 72 hours, you can go to the emergency room, or contact your health provider to receive PEP (Post-Exposure Prophylaxis), this is a highly effective medication that you will take for 28 days and helps prevent HIV from taking hold.

 

How might you have been exposed?

If you have come into contact with blood, semen, vaginal/rectal fluids, breast milk, and/or sharing of injection equipment.

 

For any questions in regards to HIV, STI's or if you want to set up your FREE appointment for screenings, please call our office at 309-671-2144.

 

HIV Testing only takes 20 minutes and you will get your preliminary results. It's only a prick of the finger and small amount of blood. Being tested for HIV isn't just for peace of mind, it's for your future. We offer free, anonymous/confidential testing. Do yourself a favor and set an appointment today.

 

Would you like more information on HIV itself? Feel free to set an appointment or call for a person to person conversation on what HIV is and it's facts or visit hiv.gov or hivcareconnect.com.

 

PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis)

Did you know that you could live worry free of HIV? Ever heard of PrEP? Pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, is a way for people who do not have HIV but who are at risk of getting it to prevent HIV infection by taking a pill every day. When someone is exposed to HIV through sex or injection drug use, PrEP in combination with condoms and other preventative methods, helps prevent HIV transmission.
For more information or availability about PrEP you can visit prep4illinois.com or schedule an appointment for an assessment at 309-671-2144.

 

Hepatitis C Testing also only takes about 20 minutes and you can do it at the same time you test for HIV. It is also just a prick of the finger and a small amount of blood. You will receive your preliminary results on the same day, just like you will with HIV.

 

Would you like more information on Hep C? Feel free to set an appointment or call for a person to person conversation on what Hep C is and it's facts visit cdc.gov

 

Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) Testing, currently Central Illinois Friends provides free, confidential Gonorrhea and Chlamydia testing. This can be done in the same appointment as an HIV & Hep C test appointment. This is a urine sample and results will be provided in 7-10 business days.

 

Would you like more information on Gonorrhea or Chlamydia? Feel free to set an appointment or call for a person to person conversation on what Gonorrhea or Chlamydia is and it's facts, visit cdc.gov

 

If you are seeking sexual health screening on the following, please contact your provider or your local health department:

 

  • Syphillis
  • HPV
  • Trichomoniasis
  • Herpes
  • Chancroid
  • BV
  • Pelvic Inflammation Disease
  • Scabies
  • Mucopurulent Cervicitis (MPC)
  • Lymphogranuloma Venereum (LGV)
  • Mulluscom Contagiosum

Vaccinations 

We provide HPV (Human Papillomavirus) and Hepatitis A and B vaccination screenings. Contact us today for more information and eligibility.

Behavioral Interventions

These interventions have been proven effective through research studies that showed positive behavioral (e.g., use of condoms; reduction in number of partners) and/or health outcomes (e.g., reduction in the number of new HIV/STI infections).

Condom Distribution

Making condoms widely available is integral to successful HIV/STI prevention. Condom distribution programs have been shown to increase condom availability and use among a wide range of populations, including youth and adult males, commercial sex workers, and those who engage in risky sexual activities. Our condom distribution program changes the way our community thinks about and engages in safe sex behavior. To achieve that goal, FRIENDS Condom Distribution Program strives to make condoms available, accessible, and acceptable. Contact our Prevention Services for more information or to become a distribution site!

Mobile Outreach

We understand not everyone has the resources to come to our office to access our services, so we go to them. We go into the community to spread the word about safe sex practices, provide education on HIV prevention, and offer testing for HIV and other STI's. We have long-standing collaborations with churches, clinics, shelters, and other community spaces. Our mobile outreach program also reaches out to individuals who might not otherwise think about protecting themselves from HIV. During special events and certain times throughout the year, we collaborate with other local organizations to provide testing and education on site.

For more information on sexual health you can visit hivcareconnect.com or beforeplay.org. For a face to face conversation about any of these infections reach out to your local health department or Planned Parenthood.