Approximately 250,000 people in the United States have HIV and
do not know it. Many people don’t get tested because they don’t think
they are at risk, but anyone can get HIV through unprotected sex or
sharing needles for injection, piercing, or tattooing.
UI Hospital may provide HIV testing to any patient between 18 and
64 years of age who gets blood drawn during their inpatient stay.
The HIV test is:
• Routine — offered as part of normal healthcare screenings at no cost
• Confidential as part of your medical record
• Voluntary — you can refuse to have the test by informing the provider
If the test result is negative: It does not necessarily mean that you
don’t have HIV. The test used at UI Health may not be able to detect
the HIV in your blood for up to 1 month after you were exposed. If you
recently had unprotected sex, shared needles, or engaged in any other
high risk behavior you need to be retested in 4-6 weeks. Talk to your
healthcare provider about when you should be retested.
If the test result is positive: You will be notified by a member of the UI
Hospital Care Team who will link you to medical care and treatment. You
can take important steps to prevent spreading HIV to others and keep
yourself healthy for years to come.
If you do not get your test results by the time you are discharged
from the hospital, you can call the secure and confidential voice mailbox
(312.413.1510) and leave your contact information. UI Health staff will
call you back within 2 business days to inform you of your test results.
You can call 800-AID-AIDS (800-243-2437)
for anonymous testing locations and additional
Treatment is available to all,
regardless of insurance status. If
your test results come back positive,
UI Health will help you get the right
resources, support and care you
need to live a long, healthy life.
HIV and STD online resources:
Information about PrEP:
• Call the pharmacist at the
UI Health Family Center
for Infectious Disease at
UIC provides care for people living
with HIV at the UIC Community
Clinic Network (UCCN). Call
312.996.8067 or visit UCCN.