Planned Parenthood SW Ohio
Marks National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day on Feb. 7;
Twitter Town Hall is set for 11:30 a.m.
CINCINNATI (Feb. 6, 2013) – Planned Parenthood South West Ohio Region (PPSWO) released this statement in recognition of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013.
“National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is an opportunity to raise awareness about this pandemic and unite in the fight against HIV in the African-American community. We’ve made great progress so far, but there is still much work to be done,” said Leslie Mitchell, vice president for education at PPSWO.
“As a leading sexual and reproductive health care provider and advocate in Ohio, PPSWO knows firsthand why it’s so critical that women and men in the African-American community have access to a wide range of preventive health care services. Under the Affordable Care Act, millions more people will be eligible for health insurance and HIV care. PPSWO and Planned Parenthood health centers across the country look forward to helping more African-Americans access this critical preventive care in our nation’s fight against HIV/AIDS.”
To further underscore this day of awareness at 11:30 a.m. (EST) on Thursday, February 7, Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) will host a national Twitter Town Hall on HIV featuring Dr. Vanessa Cullins, PPFA vice president of external medical affairs. The online forum is a chance to engage in a conversation about the health disparities that African Americans face in this country, the current HIV/AIDS threat to the African-American community, and the need for access to affordable, high-quality health care services in the changing health care landscape. The hashtag for this event: #HIVaware
- Planned Parenthood is among the nation’s leading providers of HIV screening. In 2011, Planned Parenthood health centers conducted 680,000 HIV tests, a 16 percent increase from 2010. Moreover, one in three women who receive an HIV test is tested at a women’s health center like Planned Parenthood. For more information about rapid HIV testing: http://www.ppswohiv.org
- During 2012, PPSWO served 24,460 women and 1,340 men at its eight health centers in southwest Ohio, providing HIV/STD screenings to 2,096 patients.
- In addition to screenings at PPSWO’s regional health centers, the organization provides free, anonymous testing in Cincinnati at Caracole Inc. (4138 Hamilton Ave., Northside; Mon-Thurs 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fri 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m.). More than 1,100 such tests were delivered during 2012.
- According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, there are approximately 1.1 million people living with HIV/AIDS in this country, including more than 500,000 African Americans. African Americans account for almost half of all HIV infections in the U.S., and are the racial/ethnic demographic group most affected by HIV.
PPSWO strengthens our community by preventing unintended pregnancy and empowering individuals with the knowledge, opportunity and freedom to make private decisions about reproductive and sexual health. With seven health center locations throughout a 20-county region (including Cincinnati, Dayton and Springfield) it is PPSWO’s goal to provide reproductive health care services to any individual who wants or needs them; to advocate public policies which guarantee each individual's access to services, right to privacy and ability to make reproductive decisions free of coercion; and to provide human sexuality education which enhances the health and well-being of individuals in the community. PPSWO is an affiliate of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Website: http://www.ppswo.org