PPGMR Hosts Community HIV Testing Event on World AIDS Day, December 1, 2009


Joan Carr
Director of Community Affairs
(901) 25-3008

Published: 11.20.09| Updated: 11.20.09

Memphis, TN -  In recognition of World AIDS Day, Planned Parenthood Greater Memphis Region (PPGMR) will offer free HIV testing and counseling at a community event at Lester Community Center, 317 Tillman Street, Memphis, TN 38112, on December 1, 2009 from 2:00 pm to 5:30 pm.

What: World AIDS Day Testing Event/Basketball Tournament
When: Tuesday, December 1, 2009 from 2:00 pm to 5:30 pm          
Where: Lester Community Center, 317 Tillman Street, Memphis, TN 38112
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Why: Because everyone who is sexually active should get tested!

Peer educators from What Would You Do-BeMe will be assisting with a three-on-three basketball tournament that’s free and open to the public. Everyone who gets tested for HIV will get a coupon for concessions or a free chair massage provided by LSI Medispa! The rapid HIV test is quick, painless and results are available in just about 20 minutes.

Although it contains less than 15 percent of Tennessee's population, Shelby County accounts for nearly 40 percent of the 14,000-plus HIV/AIDS cases statewide. Up to one quarter of the people who are HIV-positive in the United States do not know they have the virus that causes AIDS. Getting tested is the best way to protect yourself, your health and the ones you love.

Planned Parenthood Greater Memphis Region offers free rapid HIV testing for men and women every day at its health center at 1407 Union Avenue. In addition to free confidential testing, PPGMR also provides HIV counseling and resources and information to help men and women protect their health and the health of their partners. No appointment is ever needed for HIV testing at PPGMR’s health center. For more information, go to


Planned Parenthood Greater Memphis Region (PPGMR), founded in 1938, is an affiliate of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. PPGMR’s mission is to ensure broad public access to reproductive and related health care through clinic services, education, advocacy and community partnerships in serving 42 counties in West Tennessee, North Mississippi and East Arkansas.

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