(Smithtown, NY) – To mark National HIV Testing Day, Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic (PPHP) will offer free HIV tests on June 26th at all of its six medical centers in Suffolk County. Giveaways will be available to those who get tested while supplies last.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than one million people in the United States are living with HIV/AIDS. Among that population, an estimated 21 percent are unaware they are infected emphasizing the need to expand opportunities for HIV testing.
“In 2007, Suffolk County reported the second highest number of newly reported AIDS cases in the state, excluding New York City,” noted Reina Schiffrin, President/CEO, PPHP. “With the rates of HIV/AIDS cases increasing dramatically, it’s critical for PPHP to address this public health issue by offering our patients convenient and free testing.”
PPHP medical centers offer rapid HIV testing, which gives patients results in approximately 40 minutes, eliminating the anxiety of waiting to be called back to the center for results.
No appointment is necessary and HIV testing is free and confidential. For medical center locations and hours visit www.pphp.org or call 1-800-230-PLAN (7526) to be connected to the nearest center.
Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic, Inc (PPHP) is the 16th largest affiliate of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and operates 13 medical centers in Suffolk, Westchester, Rockland, and Putnam Counties. In 2008, PPHP provided services to over 36,000 patients in over 70,000 visits. We conducted over 1,800 education programs reaching more than 30,000 youth and adults, and mobilized approximately 10,000 advocates to protect reproductive health care rights. PPHP has served the community for 75 years, and is dedicated to educating and empowering individuals to make responsible choices regarding their sexuality and sexual health. Planned Parenthood has done more to reduce the incidence of abortion and unintended pregnancy than any other health care provider or advocacy group. PPHP is headquartered in Hawthorne NY. For more information about PPHP services and programs, visit http://www.pphp.org/.
Beverly Katz - (914) 467-7341
June 16, 2009