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Remains committed to addressing dual epidemics of HIV and HIV stigma

Portland, Maine –– On World AIDS Day, a day to raise awareness about HIV and AIDS and mourn those lost to the epidemic, Planned Parenthood remains committed to addressing the dual epidemics of HIV and HIV stigma and is proud to offer access to prevention education, tools that reduce transmission, and HIV testing at all its health centers in Maine.

PPNNE health centers in Maine also offer Insti HIV tests which provide results in 60 seconds or less. The new Insti tests provide faster results, earlier detection of HIV, and better accuracy.

“For many patients, the most painful part about getting tested for HIV is the wait, in some cases days, to get results,” said Nicole Clegg, Vice President of Public Policy. “We want to provide all people, especially those already facing barriers to accessing quality health care, with comprehensive and cutting-edge HIV prevention methods, including Insti HIV tests and PrEP.”

PPNNE health centers also offer PrEP, pre-exposure prophylaxis, a daily pill that can help prevent HIV. Taking PrEP every day can decrease chances of contracting HIV from sex by more than 90%.

“Planned Parenthood is committed to offering compassionate care, quality education, and accurate information to all our patients,” added Clegg. “Insti tests and PrEP are important components of PPNNE’s comprehensive sexual and reproductive health services and the community’s ability to reduce the transmission of HIV.”

Often the success of preventive programs for HIV and STI are predicated on convenience, which is why PPNNE offers same day and next day appointments for testing including evening and weekend hours. For more information or to schedule an appointment, visit www.ppnne.org.