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MEMPHIS, TN - The Tennessee Department of Health has awarded Planned Parenthood Greater Memphis Region (PPGMR) a grant to fund a major syphilis elimination project in Shelby County, Tennessee.

The federal grant will provide funding to allow PPGMR to provide free syphilis testing in its Health Center at 2430 Poplar Avenue and at an off-site afterhours location.

In 2009, Shelby County ranked fifteenth of all counties in the U.S. for symptomatic syphilis. Shelby County has the highest number of newly-diagnosed syphilis cases in Tennessee, and the infection rate for all stages of syphilis is five times higher in Shelby County than in the U.S. overall.

PPGMR was chosen for this grant because of its proven track record of reaching at-risk populations for HIV testing and prevention counseling and its strong relationships with other community service providers in the Memphis area.

Thousands of Mid-South women and teens rely on Planned Parenthood Greater Memphis Region for preventive and reproductive health care. To learn more about PPGMR’s preventive health services and community outreach, please visit our website: www.ppgmr.org.


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.


Planned Parenthood Greater Memphis Region


Joan Carr
Director of Community Affairs
(901) 725-3008


August 30, 2011