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Central Illinois HIV Care Connect
Services for Persons with HIV/AIDS

Central Illinois HIV Care ConnectThank you for your interest in the Central Illinois HIV Care Connect. The Connect Program is funded by the Illinois Department of Public Health through the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Modernization Act of 2006.

The purpose of the Connect program is to provide a comprehensive continuum of care for persons with HIV/AIDS. These services are offered throughout the region by a variety of specialized providers.

As a client of the program, a medical case manager will be assigned to you. They will link you with health care, psychosocial and other support services. An on-going assessment of your needs and personal support systems is essential to receiving HIV services.

Click here to view general information about HIV/AIDS.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Documented proof of HIV/AIDS diagnosis
  • Residency in one of the 18 counties in service region
  • Enrollment in case management services
  • Meet income guidelines

Services Available

All of the following services require referral by a medical case manager and may not be available in all areas. Services may not be provided until all alternative resources have been exhausted.

  • Dental Services
  • Housing/Utility Assistance
  • Legal Services
  • Mental Health and Substance Abuse Counseling
  • Nutritional Services
  • Outpatient HIV Medical Services
  • Transportation Services

Counties Served

Adams, Brown, Cass, Christian, DeWitt, Greene, Logan, Macon, Menard, Montgomery, Morgan, Moultrie, Piatt, Pike, Sangamon, Schuyler, Scott, Shelby

HIV and AIDS

AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome) is caused by a virus called Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) which attacks certain white blood cells that protect the body against illness. AIDS is a life-threatening disease that causes the body to lose its natural protection against infection. A person with AIDS is more likely to become ill from infections, unusual types of pneumonia and cancer.

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