Most HIV tests use blood to determine if you are infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. There are some tests that use oral fluids from the mouth or urine. If you test positive, it means you are infected with HIV and can infect others even though you may not look or feel sick. Counseling is provided to discuss all your treatment options.
You may want to consider getting tested if you have:
The McLean County Health Department also offers HIV testing. Call the Health Department at (309) 888-5435 to ask about HIV antibody testing.
How soon after exposure to HIV can a test confirm if I am infected?
No HIV test can detect HIV immediately after infection. If you think you’ve been exposed to HIV, talk to your health care provider as soon as possible.
The time between when a person gets HIV and when a test can accurately detect it is called the window period. The window period varies from person to person and also depends upon the type of HIV test.
Ask your health care provider about the window period for the test you’re taking. If you’re using a home test, you can get that information from the materials included in the test’s package. If you get an HIV test within 3 months after a potential HIV exposure and the result is negative, get tested again in 3 more months to be sure.
Worrying about whether you might be pregnant can be a stressful situation. Fortunately, the Student Health Service (SHS) has a number of services available to help ease your mind.
No method of birth control is perfect, but correct and consistent use of your method makes it less likely to fail. If your method fails, or you have unprotected intercourse, you can obtain emergency contraception from the SHS Pharmacy or any local pharmacy. This is a method of contraception which can be used after unprotected intercourse to reduce your chance of pregnancy.
Home pregnancy tests are available at the Student Health Services Pharmacy or most drug and grocery stores. If you decide you want to come in to the clinic for a pregnancy test, call the SHS Appointment Line at (309) 438-2778 to schedule or make an appointment online. You may also call the SHS Nurse Consult at (309) 438-7676 to answer any questions.
If you are pregnant, it may be one of the most emotional moments in your life. It is a time when you may need comfort and support as well as sound information to help you sort through feelings and to make decisions that are right for you. If your pregnancy test comes back positive, Illinois State's Student Counseling Services (309) 438-3655 has staff to support you. Appointments are confidential and free of charge. The Student Health Services Nurse Consult at (309) 438-RNRN (7676) is also available to answer questions and concerns regarding your pregnancy.
For some, the most difficult part of being pregnant is not the conflicting emotions but making a decision regarding the pregnancy. There are several choices available and you have the right to choose the alternative that is best. Carrying the pregnancy to term allows you two options: raising the child yourself, or adoption. Terminating the pregnancy is a third option. These options may not be equally acceptable to any one individual; however, it’s important to realize that a choice does exist. Carefully consider the choices so you can comfortably reach a decision. If you decide to continue the pregnancy, prenatal care is strongly recommended. In addition, you may want to contact the McLean County Health Department at (309) 888-5450 or a private health care provider to make an appointment for prenatal education.
Visit the Student Health Insurance Office to find out how your insurance may help cover costs associated.
If you do not have insurance you may also seek care at Planned Parenthood Health Center in Bloomington.
If you want to be tested and/or treated for a sexually transmitted disease/infection, Illinois State University students can visit Student Health Services STI Testing or call (309) 438-2778 to make an appointment. Testing and treatment is also available at the McLean County Health Department by calling (309) 888-5435.
Planned Parenthood Health Center in Bloomington provides STI Testing also.
* American College Health Association-National College Health Assessment conducted at Illinois State University in Spring 2019, n=559
Student Health Services provides appointments for routine gynecological health care, contraception, pregnancy, and educational information regarding women's health concerns.
Services include annual exams and pap smears, breast exams, contraceptive counseling and prescriptions, testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections, pregnancy testing and counseling, and evaluation and treatment of menstrual irregularities. SHS also provides colposcopy exams for follow-up of abnormal pap smears.
Planned Parenthood Health Center in Bloomington provides women’s healthcare, contraception services, STI Testing, Emergency Contraception, pregnancy testing and services, LGBTQ Services, men’s services, and sexual health education.