PrEP & Prevention
Comprehensive Prevention Services

TPAN knows that comprehensive prevention services are the key to reducing the spread of HIV. Our organization is dedicated to a non-judgemental, harm reduction approach. 

TPAN reaches thousands of people each year through testing, counseling, and education-and addresses the barriers that keep people from being tested and treated. Individuals who test positive for HIV or HCV are immediately linked to care and support services as needed. 

HIV and Hepatitis C Testing

We provide free, rapid HIV and hepatitis C (HCV) testing services, post-test counseling, referrals, condom and lubricant distribution at our office and throughout the city's North side via a mobile unit.

Testing Hours
Monday through Thursday: 12 PM to 7:45 PM
Friday: 10 AM PM to 1:45 PM

Concerned about your vulnerability for HIV infection? Learn more about transmission

TPAN's Office
5537 N Broadway
Chicago, IL 60640

Syringe Exchange Program

Offered in conjunction with the Chicago Recovery Alliance, Health Access Resources Team or HART, is TPAN's syringe exchange program provides access to  free, sterile syringes and other health promotion materials and resources. Harm reduction reduction counseling specific to vein health, safer injection procedures, and ways to reduce HIV and hepatitis transmission is also available.

HART is available Monday - Thursday 12 - 8 PM and Fridays 12 - 4 PM.

Concerned about your vulnerability for HIV infection? Learn more about injection drug use and HIV risk here.

Needle Exchange Hours
For more information about HART contact Aquea at (773) 989-9400 x269
5537 N Broadway
Chicago, IL 60640

PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis)

One pill a day can prevent HIV transmission

What is PrEP?

PrEP stands for “pre-exposure prophylaxis,” an HIV preventative medication that, when taken as directed, can protect an HIV-negative person from contracting the virus. To reduce their risk of infection, an HIV-negative person takes a medication every day. In the event of an exposure to the HIV virus, the PrEP medicine in the person's bloodstream can help stop HIV from establishing a permanent infection in the body.

PrEP is the combination HIV medication Truvada. Truvada is comprised of two medicines: tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (brand name: Viread) and emtricitabine (brand name: Emtriva). Truvada was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat HIV in 2004, and it was approved by FDA for use as PrEP in July 2012.

Does PrEP work?

PrEP is most effective when taken consistently each day. According to the CDC, by using PrEP daily as prescribed, you can lower your risk of contracting HIV from sex by more than 90% and from injection drug use by more than 70%. Adding other prophylaxis strategies, such as condom use, along with PrEP can further reduce your risk.

Is PrEP right for me?

PrEP is for those who do not have HIV, but who may be susceptible for becoming infected with HIV through sex or injection drug use. To be effective, PrEP must be taken every day, as prescribed. PrEP may be right for you if:

  • you are in an ongoing sexual relationship with an HIV-positive partner; or
  • you are a gay or bisexual man who is not in a monogamous relationship with a recently tested, HIV-negative partner, and you have had anal sex without a condom in the past 6 months; or
  • you are a heterosexual man or woman who is not in a monogamous relationship with a recently tested, HIV-negative partner, and you do not always use condoms during sex with partners whose HIV status is unknown; or
  • you have injected drugs in the past 6 months and have shared needles or injection equipment
Contact TPAN for a PrEP referral

TPAN staff can assist you with a referral for a PrEP provider. The interactive national PrEP Provider Directory through Emory University and MAC AIDS Fund is a great resource for finding a PrEP provider. To find a medical provider to prescribe PrEP, go to Although any prescriber can prescribe PrEP, there’s been a reluctance on the part of many providers to do so.


Lifeline is a program that allows participants to learn and master HIV risk-reducing behaviors, while receiving referrals to quality healthcare. Lifeline clients are helped to recognize their personal vulnerability for HIV/AIDS, come up with attainable risk-reduction goals, develop increased health awareness, improve physical and emotional health, and create healthier lifestyles. Besides goal-setting and health education, Lifeline helps clients to access social service and community resources, which help to mitigate health disparities. Eligible Lifeline clients are asked if they would like to participate during their HIV and/or hepatitis C (HCV) test session.

Lifeline is available Mon-Thu: 12:00-8:00 PM and Fridays 10 AM - 4 PM 

Contact Erin at (773) 989-9400 x280 to learn more and enroll.
5537 N. Broadway
Chciago, IL 60640

Mobile Testing Unit

TPAN’s Mobile Testing Unit (MTU) provides local access for HIV and hepatitis C testing throughout Chicago. To find the MTU in your neighborhood, view our agency calendar for upcoming times and locations.

To request the Mobile Testing Unit visit your area, contact Aquea Wynn, 773-989-9400 x269

Mr. Sexx

TPAN's Mr. Sexx outreach and educational counseling program at Steamworks disseminates information about HIV treatment education, safe sex practices, high risk behavior, chemical dependency, and more. Outreach and HIV testing is provided free of charge on Friday nights at Steamworks Chicago.

Outreach and educational counseling: 6:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.
HIV testing: 9 p.m.–midnight.  

Fridays, 6 p.m.-midnight
Steamworks Chicago
3246 N Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60657