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Care Connection

When we speak we are afraid our words will not be heard or welcomed. But when we are silent, we are still afraid. So it is better to speak. - Audre Lorde

Care Connection is a sexual and reproductive health blog by Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri.

How to Get Tested for STIs At Home

Although telehealth wasn’t a new concept prior to COVID-19, many more health services are available virtually to keep patients safe while also meeting their health care needs during the pandemic. At Planned Parenthood, one of those available services is STI testing! Patients can now get tested for STIs at home, and here’s how to do it:

Aug. 11, 2020

Planned Parenthood Volunteer Newsletter: August 2020

Thank you to our many dedicated volunteers, interns, and supporters who made it possible for Missouri to become the 38th state to expand Medicaid! Medicaid expansion makes sense for Missouri, and this historic victory would not have been possible without the Planned Parenthood volunteers who gathered petition signatures, phone banked, and shared information about the benefits of expansion with friends and family.

Aug. 7, 2020

Planned Parenthood Volunteer Newsletter - July 2020

Welcome to the July Volunteer Newsletter from the Community Engagement Team at Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region! Each month we send updates, resources, and upcoming volunteer opportunities straight to your inbox. Our volunteers have managed to stay busy as everyone continues to do social distancing and virtual events.

July 9, 2020

Everything you need to know about the patch, pill and ring

The patch, pill and ring are birth control methods made with the hormones estrogen and progestin. They prevent you from getting pregnant by stopping the eggs from leaving the ovaries and making it harder for sperm to get to the eggs.

June 30, 2020

Racial Equity 101: Resources to Get Started

Below is a selection of resources for white and non-black people of color to get started on exploring racial inequity in America. All videos are free to access!

June 18, 2020

Join Planned Parenthood for our 2020 Community Engagement Scavenger Hunt

Join the Community Engagement team for their 2020 Scavenger Hunt! Earn points by completing tasks like checking your voter registration status and reading our blog. There are 100 points possible to earn and earn them by July 15 to be eligible to win fun prizes!

June 9, 2020

What are sexual health services and when should I get them?

Planned Parenthood provides sexual and reproductive health care. Our doors are open to everyone. But, what does it mean to get sexual and reproductive health care? What services can people get at Planned Parenthood?

June 4, 2020

Talking to an OB GYN near you: frequently asked questions about telehealth

Telehealth is still new for us, and it may be new to you as well. So, we’re answering some of the most common questions we get about telehealth and how it works.

May 27, 2020

Why can’t I be tested for ALL sexually transmitted infections?

A question we often hear from patients is why they aren’t being tested for all STIs when they do get tested. We understand getting tested can be overwhelming and nerve-wracking, especially since you don’t get results right away. However, there are valid reasons why certain STIs aren’t tested “upon request."

May 19, 2020