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Frequently Asked Questions for Student Papers and Projects

Based on the volume of requests we receive on a daily basis, we are unable to fulfill student requests for papers and projects at this time.

Below is a list of Frequently Asked Questions that you may find helpful, as well as additional resources that may help you fulfill your project or paper requirements:

*Please note: If you are a journalism student working on a project, please email media@ppaz.org

What is Planned Parenthood?
Planned Parenthood Arizona is a nonprofit organization that offers a wide range of reproductive health services. In the community for more than 75 years, our health centers are comfortable places for honest information and compassionate care. We proudly serve women, men and teens with the following services: life-saving cancer screenings, annual reproductive exams, pregnancy testing, birth control, emergency contraception, vaccinations, testing and treatment for Sexually Transmitted Diseases, abortion care, as well as other basic preventive health care.

Our friendly, experienced medical staff are experts at providing patients with open and honest information to help them make the reproductive decisions that are best for them. We educate our patients so they can be good advocates of their own health care. Visit our website, ppaz.org for more information.


What services does Planned Parenthood offer?

We proudly serve women, men and teens with the following services: life-saving cancer screenings, annual reproductive exams, pregnancy testing, birth control, emergency contraception, vaccinations, testing and treatment for Sexually Transmitted Diseases, abortion care, as well as other basic preventive health care.

We have Title X, low- or no-cost family planning services available to teens and qualifying adults. We accept most major insurance plans.
Other services we provide in the community include advocacy and public policy work, as well as sexuality education training and consulting for educational institutions.


How old do you have to be to go into Planned Parenthood by yourself to get any type of service? (condoms, pregnancy test, birth control, STD testing, etc.)
Teens do not need parental consent to receive birth control and birth control consultation (including condoms), STD testing, or pregnancy testing. But, we do encourage teens to discuss these important sexual health decisions with their parents. 

Contact our customer service center for additional information and specifics related to minors and particular services; In Phoenix, call 602.277.PLAN (7526); in Tucson, call 520.408.PLAN (7526) or from elsewhere in the state, please call toll-free 855.207.PLAN (7526).


What is the protocol for abortions for minors?

Find information about minors and Arizona’s laws on this web page : http://www.plannedparenthood.org/ppaz/teens-abortion-law-31364.htm


Do you have a basic list of fee-for-service costs for things like birth control, exams, vaccines, and abortion services?
For pricing on a specific service, please contact our customer service center. In Phoenix, call 602.277.PLAN (7526); in Tucson, call 520.408.PLAN (7526) or from elsewhere in the state, please call toll-free 855.207.PLAN (7526).

In addition, we accept most major health insurance plans, including Cigna and Blue Cross Blue Shield. Patients paying for their services out-of-pocket without using funding programs or their insurance qualify for a discount on most services. Title X (federal) funds are available at four of our health care sites for family planning services. Patients qualify for low- or no-cost services through Title X by providing their income and family size information. No identification is required. 


What sex education services does PPAZ provide?
We’re a community leader in providing honest, comprehensive sexuality education! Our education department offers expertise and consultation to educational institutions in the adoption of curriculum that promotes and embraces sexuality as an essential lifelong aspect of being human, and empowers individuals to make healthy choices. Our education team also offers parent workshops throughout the year to help parents start an important dialogue around sexual health with the young person in their life.

We also offer presentations in the community, made by our Speakers Bureau. This cadre of certified speakers present on Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Birth Control Methods and Healthy Relationships to schools, civic organizations, clubs and nonprofit programs.


What is the agency’s code of ethics regarding privacy and confidentiality, especially when concerning minors?
 
At Planned Parenthood Arizona, our clients’ health and safety is of paramount importance. As a licensed health care provider, we adhere to HIPAA best practices and fully abide by all of the laws and guidelines set by the state, Arizona Department of Health Services, and licensing board to provide the utmost in confidentiality and privacy, as any other health care provider would. Minors are afforded the same confidentiality as adults; however, if a minor patient discloses to us they have been abused, neglected, or are sexually active within the reportable age range as defined by the ARS, as a health care provider, we are required to report the abuse to the local authorities.


What range of services does Planned Parenthood provide?
Reproductive exams
Birth control consultations and supplies
Testing and treatment for Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Cancer screenings
Vaccinations
Colposcopy
In-clinic and medication abortions
Pregnancy testing and counseling
Sexual health patient consultation
Basic prevention care


How many people who come to Planned Parenthood have private insurance?

We do serve individuals with private insurance, however the majority of our patients are uninsured or underinsured so therefore they pay for their services out of their own pockets. For this reason, we ensure our pricing is affordable, while providing the highest quality care.

You can see the break down of how our patients pay for their services by viewing our annual report: http://www.plannedparenthood.org/ppaz/files/Arizona/PPAZ_Noticias_AnnualReport_WEB_0612.pdf


Are some services provided more than others?
Yes, more than 90% of the services we provide are preventive health care services (Cancer screenings, STD testing and treatment, birth control, etc.).

You can see more about the breakdown of our services by viewing our annual report: http://www.plannedparenthood.org/ppaz/files/Arizona/PPAZ_Noticias_AnnualReport_WEB_0612.pdf


How many abortions does Planned Parenthood Arizona provide each year?

Abortion care accounts for less than ten percent of the services we provide, but it is an important service we provide to the women and families of Arizona. A breakdown of our services can be viewed in our annual report: http://www.plannedparenthood.org/ppaz/files/Arizona/PPAZ_Noticias_AnnualReport_WEB_0612.pdf


Resource Websites:
For information on Planned Parenthood Arizona, its services, health center locations and offerings – www.ppaz.org

For information on sexual health issues, birth control, talking to teens about sex – www.plannedparenthood.org

For statistics on birth control and abortion – by state, nationwide of globally – www.guttmacher.org

For Arizona statistics on Sexually Transmitted Diseases, births or abortion – www.azdhs.gov

For statistics on STDs and other health issues, by state or for the nation – www.cdc.gov

For information on the affordable care act and health care reform – www.healthcare.gov

For more on teenage pregnancy in Arizona, or to speak to an expert – www.teenoutreachaz.org

For information on HIV/AIDS, testing, or to speak to an expert – www.swhiv.org

For statistics in Arizona or nationwide on poverty, income, insurance, etc – www.census.gov

For information on sexuality education best practices – www.siecus.org

For information on Title X family planning – www.arizonafamilyhealth.org

For information on health policy and public health education – www.kff.org
And, for specifics on policy has affected health in a particular state - http://www.statehealthfacts.org/

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