Confidential HIV/STD Counseling & Testing

Sexually transmitted diseases (STD) are the most commonly reported diseases in the United States. STDs are most common among adolescents and young adults. Around 65% of all new STD cases (gonorrhea and chlamydia) in Kankakee County are among 15 to 24 year olds. 

HIV remains a serious disease, but there are now effective tools to prevent infections and prolong and improve the quality of life for persons living with HIV.We provide confidential STD testing on-site at the Kankakee County Health Department. We hold a walk-in STD clinic twice weekly, and provide no-cost rapid HIV testing.

STD Clinic

A Sexually Transmitted Disease Clinic (STD) is held on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 8:30 to 11am, 1pm to 3:30pm.  Clients 12 years of age and older are eligible for services. This is a walk-in clinic, and clients are seen on a first come, first served basis. Medical providers are available at STD clinic twice per month on Wednesdays. A photo ID is required for this confidential clinic, and there is a $10 fee for these services. Individuals should not to urinate for at least 1 hour prior to testing; women cannot be on their period.  

For further information or to make an appointment, contact the STD Counselor at (815) 802-9400 or Email Us (link to contact). 

Sexual assault survivors should seek treatment at a local hospital emergency room, and can contact KC-CASA, a local center against sexual assault serving Kankakee and Iroquois Counties at (815) 932-3322 or kc-casa.org

Rapid HIV testing

The Kankakee County Health Department offers NO COST rapid HIV testing using a finger stick. You can get results from this confidential in about 15 minutes. All positive rapid HIV tests must be confirmed with a venous blood test. 

Call the STD Counselor at (815) 802-9400 to schedule an appointment.

Prevention

These 4 steps can significantly reduce the risk for STD/HIV infection:

  • Abstinence
  • Using Condoms
  • Being in a Mutually Monogamous Relationship
  • Reducing your Number of Sex Partners 

Condoms are available at NO COST at the Kankakee County Health Department front desk

prevention

PrEP (Pre-exposure prophylaxis) is when people at very high risk for HIV take HIV medicines daily to lower their chances of getting infected. A combination of two HIV medicines (tenofovir and emtricitabine), sold under the name Truvada® (pronounced tru vá duh), is approved for daily use as PrEP to help prevent an HIV-negative person from getting HIV from a sexual or injection-drug-using partner who’s positive. Studies have shown that PrEP is highly effective for preventing HIV if it is used as prescribed. PrEP is much less effective when it is not taken consistently. Talk to your healthcare provider to see if PrEP is right for you.

PrEP video