HARTFORD — In recognition of National HIV Testing Day on June 27, Planned Parenthood of Southern New England is encouraging women, men and young people to get tested for HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases and infections.
That’s because there are nearly 50,000 new HIV infections each year and advocates believe that testing for STDs is an important step in stopping the spread of HIV while promoting the value of self-care and healthy living.
Last year, Planned Parenthood of Southern New England provided more than 37,000 HIV and STD/STI screenings for women, men, and young people. PPSNE has 18 health centers in Connecticut and Rhode Island that offer many preventive services including HIV and STD/STI testing. In 2011, Planned Parenthood health centers nationwide provided over 680,000 HIV tests for women and men.
Officials said that under the Affordable Care Act, Obamacare, more women, men, and young people have access to HIV testing at no cost. People who already have insurance have begun to see this benefit. 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 www.plannedparenthood.org.
Planned Parenthood’s online tool The Check offers guidance and tips about HIV and other STDs/STIs, and helps direct people to a local health center.
You can see the video PSAs Secretary Sebelius recorded for National HIV Testing Day here and here. For more information about NHTD, or to find an HIV testing location near you, please visit AIDS.gov. For resources on HIV prevention, please visit Act Against AIDS. For more information on the ACA, please visit healthcare.gov.