(Hawthorne, NY) – Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic (PPHP) health centers in Suffolk, Westchester, Rockland, and Putnam Counties will offer free HIV testing on Monday, June 27th to encourage men and women who have been sexually active to get tested for HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), in recognition of National HIV Testing Day, June 27.
The test and the office visit are free when visiting any PPHP health center for an HIV test only.
“National HIV Testing Day is a great reminder to get yourself tested for HIV and other STDs,” said Reina Schiffrin, President/CEO, PPHP. “When it comes to your health and the health of your partner, the best ways to protect yourselves are through regular testing and consistent use of condoms.”
Visit www.pphp.org or call 1-800-230-PLAN (7526) to find a health center, and for health center hours. Appointments are not necessary but encouraged.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, of the more than 1 million people in the United States living with HIV/AIDS, an estimated 21% are unaware they are infected. This percentage is even higher among certain populations: more than 50% of HIV-infected adolescents. Early detection of HIV enables people to start treatment sooner, leading to better health outcomes and longer lives.
Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic, Inc (PPHP) is the 15th largest affiliate of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and operates 12 health centers in Suffolk, Westchester, Rockland, and Putnam Counties. In 2010, PPHP provided services to over 35,000 patients in nearly 70,000 visits. We conducted 1,900 education programs reaching over 35,000 youth and adults, and mobilized approximately 10,000 advocates to protect reproductive health care rights. PPHP has served the community for 78 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 www.pphp.org. Find us on Facebook and MySpace, and follow us on Twitter.
Beverly Katz (914) 467-7341
June 20, 2011