MEMPHIS, TN — Planned Parenthood Greater Memphis Region is offering free HIV testing in Tunica, MS each Saturday this summer, beginning this Saturday, June 25 and running through August 6th.
The testing will be offered each Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at:
- Preventive Care Health Services
2073 Old Highway 61 N # 2
Tunica, MS 38676
More than 9,500 Mississippians are currently living with HIV and Tunica County has one of the highest HIV infection rates in Mississippi.
African Americans are disproportionately affected by the HIV epidemic compared to other racial/ethnic groups in Mississippi. 73% of HIV-positive Mississippians are African-American. Since 2005, there has been a steady increase in HIV disease among African American women, mainly attributed to heterosexual contact. Women and men can contract HIV through heterosexual contact, including oral sex. Anyone who has had unprotected sex of any kind should be tested!
The test is completely painless, administered with a simple mouth swab, and results are available in about 30 minutes.
PPGMR offers also HIV testing at five locations in the Memphis area each week as part of its HIV testing and prevention counseling program. PPGMR employs three health educators who are certified as HIV prevention counseling and testing TN Master Trainers.
For more information about these testing events or PPGMR’s HIV testing and prevention program, go to ppgmr.org or call Planned Parenthood Greater Memphis Region at (901) 725-1717.
Planned Parenthood Greater Memphis Region (PPGMR), founded in 1938, is an affiliate of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. PPGMR’s mission is to ensure broad public access to reproductive and related health care through clinic services, education, advocacy and community partnerships in serving 42 counties in West Tennessee, North Mississippi and East Arkansas.
Director of Community Affairs
June 21, 2011