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On World AIDS Day Planned Parenthood Highlights the Importance of Getting Tested

In commemoration of World AIDS Day and highlighting the importance of AIDS testing, Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) and Planned Parenthood of New York City provided free HIV testing from a mobile testing van in Washington Square Park in New York City. The event was part of the ongoing Get Yourself Tested, or GYT campaign, a partnership between MTV, the Kaiser Family Foundation, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Planned Parenthood and its nationwide network of health centers.

In addition, Planned Parenthood affiliates across the country hosted AIDS testing and education events in their local communities.

Destiny Lopez, director of Latino Engagement, PPFA, attended the GYT event in New York City and issued the following statement:

“World AIDS Day is an opportunity to educate the public on the importance of getting tested for HIV/AIDS.  It is crucial for all members of the Latino community who are at risk for HIV to get tested. The risk is not limited to our young people.  According to the CDC, HIV/AIDS is now the fifth leading cause of death among Latinos 35–44. Latinos who get tested for sexually transmitted infections are taking a positive step for themselves and their loved ones.”

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Planned Parenthood is the nation's leading sexual and reproductive health care provider and advocate. We believe that everyone has the right to choose when or whether to have a child, and that every child should be wanted and loved. Planned Parenthood affiliates operate more than 825 health centers nationwide, providing medical services and sexuality education for millions of women, men, and teenagers each year. We also work with allies worldwide to ensure that all women and men have the right and the means to meet their sexual and reproductive health care needs.



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Planned Parenthood Media Office, 212-261-4433

Published: 12.01.10

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