DENVER — In recognition of National HIV Testing Day, June 27, Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains encourages men, women and young people to get tested for HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).
The event is part of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains’ ongoing effort to promote safe and healthy living through education and testing.
“With nearly 50,000 new HIV infections each year, National HIV Testing Day reminds us that testing for HIV and STDs is an important step in stopping the spread of HIV while promoting the value of self-care and healthy living,” said Amy Dickson, VP of Clinical Operations “The reality is that more than 1.1 million people in the United States are living with HIV, yet one in five is unaware of his or her status.”
In 2012, Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains provided over 15,000 HIV tests for men, women and young people. PPRM has 33 health centers throughout Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, and Wyoming that offer many preventive services including HIV and STD testing. In 2011, Planned Parenthood health centers nationwide provided over 680,000 HIV tests for men and women.
Under the Affordable Care Act, more men, women, and young people have access to HIV testing at no cost. People who already have insurance have begun to see this benefit already. Eligible, uninsured people can begin enrolling in health coverage plans under the Affordable Care Act starting October 1 for coverage that begins January 1, 2014. More information is available at plannedparenthood.org.
“Practicing safe sex with proper protection like condoms and regular testing are important steps to living healthier lifestyles,” said Dickson. “We urge everyone to get tested. Getting tested is quick and easy, and it can ensure that you and your partners remain healthy.”
Planned Parenthood’s online tool The Check offers guidance and tips about HIV and other STDs, and helps direct people to a local health center.
Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains empowers individuals and families in the communities we serve to make informed choices about their sexual and reproductive health by providing high quality health services, comprehensive sex education, and strategic advocacy. More than120,000 women, men, and young adults annually visit our 33 health centers throughout Colorado, New Mexico, Southern Nevada, and Wyoming. Since 1916, we have been the region’s most trusted provider of reproductive health care. For more information about Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, call 1.800.230.PLAN or visit pprm.org for the health center nearest you.
June 25, 2013