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Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) is a serious, life-altering infection that requires careful management to maintain health and prevent the progression to Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS). At NewMed Immediate Care in Rolling Meadows, we provide specialized HIV testing and treatment services to manage the infection effectively and support our patients’ overall well-being.

Understanding HIV

HIV is a sexually transmitted infection that can also be spread through contact with infected blood, shared needles, or from mother to child during childbirth. Unlike other STIs, HIV has no cure, but it can be managed successfully with modern medical care to reduce the risk of serious complications and transmission to others.

Symptoms of HIV

HIV symptoms vary significantly and can evolve over different stages of the infection:

  • Acute HIV Infection: Occurs two to four weeks after infection and may include fever, swollen lymph nodes, sore throat, rash, muscle aches, and fatigue. These symptoms can be mild and are often overlooked.
  • Chronic HIV: As the virus continues to multiply and affect the immune system, symptoms such as recurrent respiratory infections, weight loss, and persistent diarrhea may occur.

Recognizing these symptoms early and getting tested is crucial for effective management of the infection.

HIV Testing at NewMed Immediate Care

Early detection through regular testing is critical for managing HIV effectively. We offer confidential HIV testing with quick and reliable results. Testing is recommended for:

  • Individuals who have unprotected sex.
  • Those who share needles.
  • Anyone with a partner who is HIV-positive.
  • Pregnant women, to prevent mother-to-child transmission.

Treatment for HIV

While there is no cure for HIV, antiretroviral therapy (ART) has transformed the management of HIV, enabling individuals to live long, healthy lives. ART involves taking a combination of HIV medicines each day. Our approach to HIV treatment includes:

  • Personalized Care Plans: Tailoring treatment plans to individual needs based on the stage of infection and overall health.
  • Ongoing Monitoring: Regular check-ups to monitor the virus’s load and immune function, adjust treatments, and manage any side effects.
  • Support Services: Counseling on lifestyle changes, nutritional advice, and psychological support to help patients cope with the diagnosis and maintain their quality of life.

Possible Complications of HIV

If untreated, HIV can progress to AIDS, significantly weakening the immune system and making the body more susceptible to infections and cancers that it would normally be able to fend off. Our goal is to use ART to keep the viral load low and the immune system functioning as effectively as possible to prevent the development of AIDS.

FAQs About HIV Treatment

Visit NewMed Immediate Care

If you are concerned about HIV or need access to testing and treatment, visit NewMed Immediate Care in Rolling Meadows. We are here to provide you with compassionate care and comprehensive support to manage your health effectively.

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Convenient Locations and Accessibility

Located near major expressways and well-connected by public transport, our clinics in Rolling Meadows, Cicero, Chicago, Roseland, and Hoffman Estates 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.

Rolling Meadows

1669 W. Algonquin Rd
Rolling Meadows IL 60008


5741 W Cermak Rd
Cicero IL 60804


2408 W Cermak Rd
Chicago IL 60608


134 W 111th St Floor 2
Chicago IL 60628

Hoffman Estates

925 N Roselle Rd
Hoffman Estates IL 60169