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At Cermak Immediate Care, we offer comprehensive HIV testing and treatment services designed to support the health and well-being of our communities in Cicero and Roseland, Chicago. Understanding HIV infection symptoms, the importance of early detection, and available treatment options can significantly impact the management of HIV and improve quality of life for those infected.

Understanding HIV and Its Symptoms

Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) attacks the body’s immune system, specifically the CD4 cells (T cells), which help the immune system fight off infections. Untreated, HIV reduces the number of these cells in the body, making the person more vulnerable to other infections or infection-related cancers. If left untreated, HIV can lead to the disease AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome).

Symptoms of HIV Infection

The symptoms of HIV vary depending on the stage of infection. Early infection can produce flu-like symptoms within two to four weeks after the virus has entered the body. These symptoms might be mild and often are overlooked. Symptoms may include:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Rash
  • Night sweats
  • Muscle aches
  • Sore throat
  • Fatigue
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Mouth ulcers

As the infection progresses, HIV may cause chronic symptoms such as:

  • Weight loss
  • Fever
  • Diarrhea
  • Cough
  • Prolonged swelling of the lymph nodes in the armpits, groin, or neck

HIV Testing: The First Step in HIV Care

Testing for HIV is crucial because it allows individuals to begin necessary treatment before serious complications arise. Cermak Immediate Care offers confidential HIV testing with the latest diagnostic technologies.

Testing is recommended for:

  • Individuals who have unprotected sex.
  • Those with more than one sexual partner.
  • Anyone who has used intravenous drugs.
  • People with other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).
  • Anyone who has had unprotected sex with partners whose HIV status is unknown.

HIV Treatment in Chicago

While there is no cure for HIV, effective treatment with antiretroviral therapy (ART) can control the virus so that people with HIV can enjoy healthy, productive lives. ART involves taking a combination of HIV medicines each day. HIV treatment has several goals:

  • Reduce the viral load to undetectable levels.
  • Restore and preserve the immune system.
  • Reduce HIV-related complications and improve quality of life.
  • Prevent transmission to others.

FAQs About HIV Testing and Treatment

Visit Cermak Immediate Care for HIV Testing and Treatment

If you are concerned about HIV and wish to get tested, or if you need treatment for HIV, visit Cermak Immediate Care. Our compassionate team provides confidential consultations and treatment in a supportive environment. Schedule your appointment today to take control of your health and ensure your well-being.

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Convenient Locations and Accessibility

Located near major expressways and well-connected by public transport, our clinics in Cicero, Chicago, Roseland, Hoffman Estates, and Rolling Meadows are easily accessible. We cater to the needs of our community by offering flexible visiting hours, including walk-in options and the ability to schedule appointments online or by phone. This ensures that you can receive care when it suits you best.

Cicero

Cermak Immediate Care

5741 W Cermak Rd
Cicero IL 60804

Chicago

Cermak Immediate Care

2408 W Cermak Rd
Chicago IL 60608

Roseland

Cermak Immediate Care

134 W 111th St Floor 2
Chicago IL 60628

Hoffman Estates

Rapid Immediate Care

925 N Roselle Rd
Hoffman Estates IL 60169

Rolling Meadows

NewMed Immediate Care

1669 W. Algonquin Rd
Rolling Meadows IL 60008