The Chicago Department of Public Health provides free testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) at the Specialty Clinics.
STI Specialty Clinics
Englewood STI Specialty Clinic
Roseland STI Specialty Clinic
Austin STI Specialty Clinic
WestTown STI Specialty Clinic
Lakeview STI Specialty Clinic
NOTICE OF CHANGES TO BILLING PRACTICES
The Chicago Department of Public Health is committed to providing high-quality care in the Specialty Clinics, regardless of our clients’ ability to pay. To continue serving the community, we will bill patients’ insurance companies for some services. There will be no change in services provided. If you do not have insurance or are unable to pay, this will not prevent you from receiving the same quality care. Please read below to find out how this could impact you.
If you have any medical coverage, please provide your medical card and insurance information at registration. You will not be charged a co-pay, regardless of your plan.
If you receive public aid, you should not receive a statement of services or any bills related to your visit. If you do receive a bill, do not pay it; return with the bill to the clinic, and give it to one of the staff.
If you are privately insured, you may receive a statement of services and/or a bill, depending on your plan. Be mindful that if you are a dependent or spouse under someone else’s policy, your confidentiality cannot be guaranteed if you receive a statement or bill. If you do not wish to receive a statement or bill, please let us know at registration. You will need to complete an insurance opt-out form detailing the reason, and your insurance will not be charged at all. You will still receive the same quality services at your visit.
If you do not have medical coverage of any kind, you will still receive the same quality care and services.
For any questions related to this change, please call 312.747.9884 . Thank you for your patience and understanding as we implement this process. We look forward to serving you at your visit!
What conditions do you test for and treat at the Specialty Clinics?
In addition, all female patients are offered routine screening for common vaginal infections, including trichomoniasis, bacterial vaginosis, and yeast infections . Herpes testing on active skin outbreaks is available, though we do not routinely offer herpes blood tests. Care for other less common STIs is also available.
Treatments for many common STIs such as gonorrhea, chlamydia, and syphilis are directly administered on the spot at the clinic visit. For other STIs, medications are dispensed at the clinic visit.
What other services do you provide at the Specialty Clinics?
Who is eligible for STI/HIV testing and treatment?
Individuals 12 years of age and older are eligible to be seen at the Specialty Clinics. For teens, parental consent is not required. Uninsured patients or those unable to pay are welcome. We offer services in English and Spanish.
What do I need to bring to my Specialty Clinic visit?
We ask that patients present photo identification (such as a school identification card, state identification card, or driver’s license) at the time of their visit. If you do not have photo identification at the time of your visit, you can still receive STI/HIV testing and same-day test results. However, you must present photo identification when you return for other test results. We also offer completely anonymous HIV testing at the Lakeview Specialty Clinic location only.
Additional locations are available by calling 1.800.AID.AIDS
What should I expect at my Specialty Clinic visit?
At intake, you will be triaged for either fast-track services or a clinician visit based on your symptoms and other information. Patients receiving fast-track services undergo blood and urine testing for STIs, including gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis, and HIV. They receive rapid HIV test results the same day, typically within the hour. Other results are generally available in one week. We require photo identification when returning for these results.
Patients requiring a clinician visit additionally undergo a focused history and physical examination. Often, patients receive their diagnoses and treatments during the visit itself.
How much does it cost to be seen at the Specialty Clinics?
We do not charge patients for any services rendered, including provider visits, laboratory testing, and treatments.
Do I need an appointment to be seen at the Specialty Clinics?
Patients are seen on a first-come, first-serve basis at the Specialty Clinics. No appointments are taken. Providers generally stop seeing new patients in the last hour of clinic operation. Depending on staffing availability for the day, some Specialty Clinics may stop seeing patients even earlier. Therefore, it is advisable to arrive as early as possible.
What if I am unable to get to a Specialty Clinic but still want STI/HIV care?
The State of Illinois AIDS/HIV and STI Hotline (800.AID.AIDS) provides free, anonymous information on no-cost or low-cost STI/HIV screening near you. Representatives can also assist with many other sexual health referrals, including for linkage to care for HIV-infected persons.
Effective May 1, 2016, the Chicago Department of Public Health to better serve its patients transitioned their HIV Primary Care practice to the following partners:
Howard Brown Health –Englewood HIV Primary Care Clinic
641 W 63rd St.
Chicago, IL 60621
Telephone: (773) 388-1600
Operation: Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.
Tuesday 11:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.
Friday 9:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M.
Services provided: Ambulatory Outpatient HIV Medical Care, Mental Health, Early Intervention Services on location and Dental Services at Advocate Masonic Hospital.
UIC-Uptown HIV Primary Care Clinic
845 W Wilson Ave.
Chicago, IL 606040
Telephone: (312) 996-8067
Operation: Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.
Services provided: Ambulatory Outpatient HIV Medical Care, Mental Health, and Early Intervention Services