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Get real about getting it on! 

Everyone has a story about sexual health, even if they aren’t sexually active. This is a nonjudgmental space for youth to freely share their stories and opinions about birth control and sexual health.

Reproductive rights are still in danger despite political wins

While President Biden and Vice President Harris are ushering in a progressive agenda, reproductive rights are still in grave danger because of Trump-era policies and the conservative-leaning Supreme Court. Supporting social safety net organizations like PPIL is more important than ever to ensure equitable access to essential health care in Illinois.

Feb. 24, 2021

Connection and community helped me survive being raped

My high school life changed when I was raped and then found myself pregnant. Planned Parenthood not only provided critical abortion care, it connected me with other teens who were struggling with the same issues I was. It meant everything to know I wasn’t alone. It gave me the strength to come back to myself.

Feb. 16, 2021

Dear Reader: How Bridgerton misses the mark for sex education

Society is abuzz with the latest bingeable Netflix show, Bridgerton. Watching it as a sex educator, I realized I hear the same kind of stories from students today that the characters in Bridgerton are navigating in the 1800’s--and today’s young people deserve better.

Feb. 12, 2021

Get to know our Black Organizing Program

We’ve launched our Black Organizing Program to prioritize the voices and needs of Black Illinoisans and advocate for meaningful access to needed resources at every level of government. Read on to learn more about our BOP staff and their goals for the program.

Feb. 9, 2021

Desafiando las probabilidades como una madre adolescente

Me quedé embarazada a los 15 años y me abrí camino en el mundo como madre adolescente. Cuando tenía 17 años, tuve un aborto. Ahora me he presentado para ayudar a romper el ciclo de silencio y vergüenza, y alentar a otras mujeres latinx a compartir sus historias también.

Jan. 28, 2021

Defying the odds as a teen mom 

I found myself pregnant at 15 years old and made my way in the world as a teenage mother. And at 17, I had an abortion. I I’ve come forward now to help break the cycle of silence and shame, and encourage other Latinx women to share their stories, too.

Jan. 28, 2021

Ask the Expert: What happens if I have an abnormal Pap test?

January is Cervical Health Awareness Month. We spoke with Chief Medical Officer Dr. Amy Whitaker, to answer some common questions about cervical health, cancer prevention, and why it’s important to get to know your cervix.

Jan. 11, 2021

Keep your pants on: it’s a telehealth visit

What do you do if you need health care, but are living through a global pandemic? Try telehealth! As part of our “Ask the Expert” series, we are turning to our Associate Medical Director to answer common questions about how telehealth visits work.

Dec. 22, 2020

Ask the Expert: “Are HIV and AIDS the same thing?”

December 1 is World AIDS Day, dedicated to those living with and affected by HIV and remembering those who lost their lives to AIDS. As part of our “Ask the Expert” series, we are turning to our HIV Prevention Fellows to answer common questions about HIV and AIDS.

Dec. 1, 2020

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