TPAN offers free and confidential rapid HIV and hepatitis C (HCV) testing on a walk-in basis at our office and outreach in the community via a mobile testing unit (MTU).
Testing is open to anyone 13 and up, and includes pre-and-post-test counseling. Couples testing sessions are also available. Test results in about 20 minutes.
Learn more about our prevention services, including how to receive referrals for PrEP, PEP, STI testing, and medical care at Howard Brown@TPAN. Get free condoms and lubricant, injection supplies, and more information about reducing your vulnerability for HIV.
Where and When
TPAN Offices Testing Hours:
5537 N Broadway Mon-Thu: 12:00-8:00 p.m.
Chicago, IL 60640 Fri: 12:00-4:00 p.m.
Mobile Testing Unit
TPAN's mobile testing unit (MTU) provides HIV and hepatitis C (HCV) testing throughout Chicagoland, primarily on the North Side. View our agency calendar to find out when the MTU will be near you.
What to Expect
Think you may have been exposed to HIV or hepatitis C (HCV)? Or is it time for your routine wellness exam? Our testing staff will help with the anxiety of testing.
You'll meet with a certified test counselor, who has been trained in the testing technology and virus transmission. The counselor will:
- explain the testing process and confidentiality protocol
- administer your test and share your results within 20 minutes
- answer any questions you have about HIV or HCV
- direct you to any other resources you may be seeking
Our testing staff adhere to a non-judgmental, harm reduction philosophy, which TPAN has followed since our founding. Any questions you ask, or information you share, will be listened to without criticism.
Review the HIV Info section for more information about the HIV virus, transmission, and treatment.
TPAN offers confidential, but not anonymous, testing for HIV and hepatitis (HCV). We are required to collect basic information about each person who receives a test from us, including your name, gender, date of birth, zip code, and race or ethnicity. Collecting this information is a requirement from our grant funding—and ensures that the we are reaching the specific populations we have set out to help.
If you would prefer an anonymous test, ask your testing counselor or contact our Prevention department for a referral.
If your test result is positive (reactive), it means HIV antibodies were detected in your body. In most cases this means that HIV is present in your body. Our testing counselors consider this a preliminary positive and will ask to test you with a second type of test to confirm the result.
Take a deep breath. HIV is a manageable condition, and many HIV-positive people are enjoying long, full lives.
Remember: knowing your status—negative or positive—is so much better than not knowing. Your test counselor will work with you to set the next steps for staying healthy. This will include:
- helping you find a compassionate HIV specialist
- linking you to key medical care
- sharing information about other supportive services
- talking about disclosure, such as telling partners, family, or friends about your status
The sooner you are able to see a doctor for HIV, the better equipped you are to stay healthy, without complications from HIV.
If your test result is negative (non-reactive) for HIV, it means the presence of HIV antibodies, evidence of HIV infection, was not detected in your body. This means you do not have HIV, unless you are taking the test too soon after being exposed to the virus. Your test counselor will help you determine whether it is recommended to retest again soon.
Talk to your testing counselor about your test result. With a non-reactive test result, TPAN is here to support you in continuing to build a "prevention toolbox"—a set of tips, strategies, and goals specific to you and your life, which will help you remain HIV-negative.
Ask a test counselor about our Lifeline program and other resources we offer for HIV-negative individuals.