The nice folks at Planned Parenthood are good neighbors. South Dakota has a problem with sexually transmitted diseases, and Planned Parenthood is addressing that problem by offering free STD testing next week:
WHAT: In honor of Get Yourself Tested (GYT) Month, Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota (PPMNS) will offer free STD testing, in partnership with the Center for Equality and Kilian Community College, to all community members at three separate locations in Sioux Falls on 4/28, 4/29 and 5/1. To mark this occasion, PPMNS is also releasing a new brief titled Brief: South Dakota, 2014 Sexually Transmitted Diseases (released April 2015 using the most recent available data.)
FOR PATIENTS: One of Planned Parenthood’s expert registered nurses (RN) will be offering noninvasive STD tests, including a cheek swab test for HIV and a simple urine test for chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis. All testing will be conducted in a confidential, nonjudgmental environment. HIV test results will be available within twenty minutes, and chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis results will be delivered by phone within a week (we will only call you if the result is positive). Cost will be free for students and community members [Planned Parenthood, press release, 2015.04.24].
Here are the testing sites and dates in Sioux Falls:
- Tuesday, April 28th: Center for Equality, 220 S. Phillips Avenue, 3 – 7 p.m.
- Wednesday, April 29th: Planned Parenthood, 6511 W. 41st Street, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
- Friday, May 1st, Kilian Community College, 300 E. 6th Street, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
According to the Planned Parenthood fact sheet (which matches state Department of Health data), chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis have been trending upward in South Dakota for years. New cases of HIV decreased a little in 2014. Planned Parenthood offers free testing so people can learn if they are infected, seek treatment, and protect their loved ones. Rep. Kristi Noem, Senator John Thune, and Senator Mike Rounds would deny Planned Parenthood public funding to provide such valuable public health services.