Hempstead, NY — Marking National HIV Testing Day on June 27, Planned Parenthood of Nassau County (PPNC) will host free testing for HIV to encourage women, men, and teens to get tested.
Free HIV testing will be available by appointment only on National HIV Testing Day at PPNC’s Hempstead health center at 540 Fulton Avenue.
“HIV testing is now a routine health care service for everyone — not just for at-risk populations,” said JoAnn D. Smith, PPNC’s President & CEO. “National HIV Testing Day is a great reminder that early diagnosis and treatment saves lives and prevents new infections.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), today there are approximately 1.1 million people living with HIV/AIDS in the U.S., and almost 1 in 6 (15.8%) are unaware of their infection. Gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (MSM), particularly young black/African American MSM, are most seriously affected by HIV. By race, blacks/African Americans face the most severe burden of HIV.
“HIV testing is for everyone and is now a recommended part of health care for anyone between the ages of 13 to 64. In fact the CDC recommends that everyone between those ages get tested at least once and that high risk individuals get tested more often” said PPNC’s Senior Vice President for Health Services, Nancy O’Keefe. By providing free testing on June 27, we are helping to ensure that cost is not a barrier.”
To make an appointment for free HIV testing on June 27th, call 516.750.2500.
Planned Parenthood of Nassau County (PPNC) is one of 68 affiliates of Planned Parenthood Federation of America and operates 3 health centers in Hempstead, Glen Cove and Massapequa. In 2013, PPNC provided preventive health services to more than 13,000 patients during more than 26,300 visits. We conducted education workshops, street outreach and prevention programs to over 32,500 community members, and mobilized close to 9,000 advocates to protect reproductive health care rights. PPNC has served the community for 81 years, and is dedicated to educating and empowering individuals to make responsible choices regarding their sexuality and sexual health. For more information about PPNC’s services and programs, visit www.ppnc.org.
May 29, 2014