In recognition of National HIV Testing Day, June 27, Planned Parenthood of Southern New England (PPSNE) is encouraging women, men and young people to get tested for HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases and infections (STDs/STIs).
“With nearly 50,000 new HIV infections each year, National HIV Testing Day reminds us that testing for HIV and STDs/STIs is an important step in stopping the spread of HIV while promoting the value of self-care and healthy living,” said Judy Tabar President & CEO of Planned Parenthood of Southern New England. “More than 1.1 million people in the United States are living with HIV, yet one in five is unaware of his or her status.”
Last year, Planned Parenthood of Southern New England provided more than 37,000 HIV and STD/STI screenings for women, men, and young people. PPSNE has 18 health centers in Connecticut and Rhode Island that offer many preventive services including HIV and STD/STI testing. In 2011, Planned Parenthood health centers nationwide provided over 680,000 HIV tests for women and men.
Under the Affordable Care Act, Obamacare, more women, men, and young people have access to HIV testing at no cost. People who already have insurance have begun to see this benefit. Eligible, uninsured people can begin enrolling in health coverage plans under the Affordable Care Act starting October 1 for coverage that begins January 1, 2014. More information is available at www.plannedparenthood.org.
“Practicing safe sex with proper protection like condoms and regular testing are important steps to living healthier lifestyles,” said Tabar. “We urge everyone to get tested. Getting tested is quick and easy, and it can ensure that you and your partners remain healthy.”
Planned Parenthood’s online tool The Check offers guidance and tips about HIV and other STDs/STIs, and helps direct people to a local health center.
Planned Parenthood of Southern New England (PPSNE) is one of the region’s largest providers of family planning and reproductive health care services. Since 1923, PPSNE has evolved into an organization with 18 health centers in Connecticut and Rhode Island, delivering care to nearly 70,000 patients annually, and 90 percent of the services provided are preventive.