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[Hawthorne, NY] —On Thursday, April 25, Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic (PPHP) will offer free chlamydia, gonorrhea, and HIV testing at its 10 health centers. This effort is part of Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) Awareness Month celebrated every April.

PPHP has health centers in Spring Valley (Rockland County), Mount Vernon, New Rochelle, White Plains, Yonkers (Westchester County), Huntington, Patchogue, Riverhead, Smithtown, and West Islip (Suffolk County). PPHP provides services to everyone, regardless of their race, ethnicity, age, religion, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, immigration status, and ability to pay.

Getting tested for STIs and HIV and knowing your status is an important part of a safe and healthy sex life. Last year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported the fourth consecutive year of increases in the rates of syphilis, chlamydia, and gonorrhea in the U.S. Almost 2.3 million cases of these STIs were diagnosed in in 2017.

To schedule an appointment for free testing, visit www.pphp.org or call (800) 230-PLAN. Additional charges may apply if additional services are requested.