STI/HIV Programs

Sexually Transmitted Infection Programs

Call 309-344-2224 to make an appointment.

  • All testing is confidential, but you will need to bring identification.
  • In Illinois, parental consent is not needed for STI/HIV testing and treatment for anyone 12 years and older.
  • Knox County Health Department offers STI/HIV testing, treatment, and education.

Tests Available

The Knox County Health Department offers the following tests:

  • Chlamydia – urine test or swabbing with results in 7 to 10 days.
  • Gonorrhea – Urine test or swabbing with results in 7 to 10 days
  • Syphilis – venous blood test with results in 7 to 10 days
  • HIV – both rapid tests (finger stick) and venous blood tests are available, rapid test results in 15 to 20 minutes and venous blood test results in 7 to 10 days.

Who Should Get Tested?

You may have an STI/HIV and not know it. Even if you have no symptoms associated with an STI or HIV, you can pass the infection to sexual partners. Testing is recommended for:

  • Anyone with symptoms of an STI, including:
    • Women: vaginal discharge, pelvic pain, pelvic or genital sores, pain or burning when peeing, or an unexplained rash
    • Men: penile discharge, pain or burning when peeing, pelvic or genital sores, or an unexplained rash
  • Anyone younger than 25 who is sexually active
  • Men who have sex with men
  • Sex partner of an individual diagnosed with an STI
  • Anyone with a new partner in the past 3 months
  • Anyone with a history of an STI in the past 3 years
  • Anyone who has been diagnosed with Gonorrhea or Chlamydia in the past 3 months should be re-screened for possible re-infection

PrEP Pill (HIV Prevention)

PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) is a medicine for people who do not have HIV, but are at risk of getting HIV, including:

  • HIV-negative people who have a partner/partners with HIV
  • Anyone who has a high number of sexual partners and do not use protection
  • Anyone who has frequent STIs
  • Injection drug users
  • Men who have unprotected sex with multiple male partners
  • Sex workers or anyone who uses sex for exchange purposes

Additional Information about PrEP
PrEP Financial Aid Information

Codes and Acts
Illinois Part 690 Control of Communicable Diseases Code
Illinois Part 693 Control of Sexually Transmissible Infections Code
Illinois Sexually Transmissible Disease Control Act