HIV & HCV Screening. Education. Awareness.

Linkage to Care.

Our Mission:

Project HEAL (HIV & HCV Screening, Education, Awareness, Linkage to Care) is the routine HIV & HCV screening initiative at UI Hospital and Health Sciences System (UI Health). The high volume of patients seen at UI Health – a large, urban medical center and safety-net provider in Chicago – lends itself as an ideal point of contact for patients to be widely screened for HIV and HCV. This project is a collaborative effort between the disciplines of Infectious Disease, Pathology, Emergency Medicine, Public Health, Hepatology, and Internal Medicine. 

The University of Illinois Health and Hospital Systems is proud to announce that the Department of Emergency Medicine is taking action to curb the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Chicago. As of November 18th, 2014, the UI Health Emergency Department offers routine opt-out testing to all patients between 13-64 years old.

Beginning July 2015, Project HEAL has partnered with the UI Health Liver Clinic to improve HCV screening, linkage to care, and treatment across UI Health.

The following video demonstrates the opt-out HIV testing model that is being used in UI Health’s Emergency Department and explains the importance of routine HIV testing.

 Learn more about Project HEAL, the routine HIV and HCV screening program at UI Health.

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Project HEAL is supported by FOCUS, a program of Gilead Sciences, Inc and the Chicago Department of Public Health.