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MEMPHIS, TN — Planned Parenthood Greater Memphis Region is sponsoring a health event on Saturday, February 7, 2009, in recognition of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. It is free and open to everyone.

What: National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Event
 When: Saturday, February 7, 2009, 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Where:  McFarland Community Center
 4955 Cottonwood Road,
 Memphis, TN 38118
 In addition to free HIV/AIDS counseling and testing, the event will also include:

• Free tooth cleanings for children and adolescents by Firestone Dental
• Free eye exams by the Southern College of Optometry
• Free breast cancer and blood pressure checks by the Sisters Network
• Free Nutrition counseling/information from the University of Tennessee Adult/Youth Nutrition Program
• Information for free health insurance for children
• Drawings for prizes!

The MidSouth HIV/AIDS Coalition will display its Remembrance Quilt. Visitors to their booth will have an opportunity to make their own panels to commemorate victims of the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
 All adults and adolescents who are sexually active should be tested for HIV at least once a year. Planned Parenthood Greater Memphis Region will offer free OraQuick rapid testing at the event. It is a very accurate test that uses a saliva swab instead of blood (no needles!) Results are available in 20 minutes. Why not be tested and be sure?
 For more information about the National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day health event, contact Joan Carr, Director of Community Affairs, at (901) 725-3008 or visit our website at 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) 725-008


January 30, 2009