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What is PrEP

PrEP is short for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis, a once a day pill, which if taken correctly, can significantly reduce the likelihood of being infected with HIV. Studies have shown PrEP can reduce the risk of getting HIV from sex by about 99% and injection by more than 70% if taken as prescribed.

CDC PrEP Information Video or watch on YouTube

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Who is PrEP for?

PrEP is for Everyone!

PrEP is for HIV negative individuals who want to prevent HIV.

PrEP may be right for you if you are negative for HIV and have had sex in the past 6 months and have not consistently used condoms, have had an STD, or have a partner with HIV. PrEP may also be right for you if you inject drugs and or share needles or other equipment to inject drugs with others.

How do I start PrEP?

Individuals who are interested in PrEP should talk with a healthcare provider to assess their risk of HIV and potential benefits and risks.

To get started, you can contact the Whiteside County Community Health Clinic and schedule an appointment to meet with Nurse Practitioner Rebecca Drehman who specializes in PrEP.

To make an appointment just call 815-626-2230 and ask about PrEP.

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What does PrEP Cost?

Most insurance plans and State Medicaid programs cover PrEP and there are several programs that provide PrEP for free or at reduced cost such as the Ready, Set, PrEP program, Co-pay Assistance Program and Illinois’ Prep4Illinois Program.

Your healthcare provider can review and help answer questions about these programs.

Get started today! Call 815-626-2230 and ask about PrEP for an appointment!

Together we can end HIV infection

Rock Falls Office:
1300 W. 2nd Street Rock Falls, IL 61071

WIC/Family Case Management:

WIC (Women, Infants and Children) is a federally funded supplemental food and nutrition education program intended to improve the nutritional status of eligible pregnant, postpartum, and breastfeeding women, infants, and children up to the age of five. To qualify, participants must live in Whiteside County, meet federal income guidelines, and have medical and/or nutritional risks that the WIC foods may help improve. Supplemental WIC foods may include milk, eggs, cheese, tuna, carrots, dried beans, peas, peanut butter, cereal, juice, or iron-fortified infant formula. Family Case Management (FCM) is a program designed to help women and children get off to a healthy start…and to stay healthy. At the heart of FCM is an emphasis on obtaining recommended well child examinations (check-ups), medical screenings, and immunizations.

Affordable Care act Health Coverage:

WCHD staff educates, counsel and assist the community in enrolling in expanded Adult Medicaid and obtaining health coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace. An adult no longer needs to have children or be disabled to receive the Medical Card as eligibility is based solely on household income. The Health Insurance Marketplace offers private health insurance and financial assistance to help purchase health insurance.

Immunizations/Lead Screenings/School Physicals/Flu Shots:

Monday-Friday 8:00AM-4:00PM both appointments and walk-ins are available. Previous immunization records are necessary and a parent/legal guardian must sign a consent form. Please call for detailed information of the schedule of immunizations and for special appointment consideration. Law requires a lead screen before admission to preschool or kindergarten.

Communicable Disease/HIV:

Communicable Disease Staff investigate and track all infectious diseases that are identified in the Communicable Disease Codes of the Illinois Department of Public Health. Reports of such diseases should be reported to the health department. Confidential HIV and STD testing and counseling is offered to at risk people.

Morrison Office:
18929 Lincoln Road Morrison, Il 61270


Enforcement Department that oversees the State and Whiteside County Environmental Code enforcement of food service establishments, private and public water supply and private sewage systems, as well as tanning and body art facilities. Environmental staff responds to nuisance complaints, oversee the vector control program and provide mortgage loan evaluations. Environmental staff also does daily landfill inspections for the County. See the Documents and Forms Tab for the Environmental Code, applications, and fee schedules. Click here for more Information about our process.

USDA Nondiscrimination Statement: 

In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.  

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the agency (state or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.  Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: How to File a Complaint, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: 

  1. mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture 
    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 
    1400 Independence Avenue, SW 
    Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; 
  2. fax: (202) 690-7442; or 
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