SPRINGFIELD, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Illinois HIV Care Connect has introduced the HIV #StayinCare Quiz to raise awareness of the topic of staying in care, also known as “retention in care.” By taking this seven-minute quiz, people living with HIV in Illinois can measure their offhand awareness and knowledge of why staying in HIV care is important. At the end of the quiz, they are informed of the correct answers and directed to educational resources about the importance of staying in HIV care. The quiz can be found at http://tinyurl.com/jz7g6re.
“The Stay in Care Quiz is part of a web and social media campaign emphasizing the importance of staying in HIV care,” said Tom Hughes, executive director of the Illinois Public Health Association (IPHA), which manages Illinois HIV Care Connect with funding from the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH). “It follows two successful campaigns we have done previously – one on the importance of viral suppression and another on HIV and mental health. All of these campaigns give advice on how to live long and healthy lives with HIV.”
In fall 2016, Illinois HIV Care Connect will publish educational content about the importance of staying in HIV care on its website. People living with HIV in Illinois will be asked to retake the quiz after reviewing the campaign information, so that Illinois HIV Care Connect can compare the pre- and post-campaign quiz results.
Illinois HIV Care Connect is a statewide network providing medical case management, health care and support services to people living with HIV. Seven lead agencies coordinate the services provided to eight Illinois regions through the program. About 36,000 Illinois residents are estimated to be HIV-positive. Illinois HIV Care Connect lead agency offices located in Rockford, Peoria, Springfield, Belleville, Murphysboro, Champaign and Chicago serve people living with HIV in all of Illinois’ 102 counties.