Community Health & Wellness
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Community Health and Wellness
Health disparities are still present within African American communities: African Americans are 8.6 times more likely to be diagnosed with HIV infection, as compared to the Non-Hispanic White population and are living below poverty at a rate of 28.1 percent compared to 11.0 percent of non-Hispanic Whites according to the 2012 U.S Census bureau.
Ensure individuals know their HIV status
Provide at-risk partners with HIV testing and STI screenings and health care options
Provide linkage to care
HIV Counseling, HIV Testing, Sexually Transmitted Infections,and Hepatitis C
If you qualify, we offer free rapid HIV testing and free Gonorrhea, Chlamydia, and HCV screenings. The HIV and HCV rapid test takes 15-20 minutes to process. STI laboratory results take 3 days. Our trained Community Health Worker will test or screen you, provide prevention counseling, and ensure you receive information, including educational and safer sex materials. Plus, you can be referred to other social and medical services. For clients that do not qualify for free testing, there will be an affordable cost for testing services for yourself or your partner. You can get tested today.
For current testing hours, click here to see our appointment calendar.
PCS provides condoms to individuals, businesses, agencies and organizations to increase condom use and reduce unprotected sex. Throughout the communities served we have established Information Distribution Sites (IDC) to provide free condoms and HIV/AIDS/STI educational information.
To learn more about condom distribution or to start an IDC, please call: (708) 248-6166.
During the last 15 years, PCS prevention services have reached over 15,000 individuals at high-risk for acquiring or transmitting HIV/STI Infection through workshops, community outreach activities, presentations, events, and literature and safer sex package distribution. HIV/STD counseling, testing, and referral: 97% of our clients say that they felt empowered to change their risky behavior and they would refer others to our program.