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I’ll be honest with you. When I went to get tested at Planned Parenthood, I was pretty nervous. I knew that getting tested was the smart thing to do, but I still felt embarrassed. I’m so glad I made that appointment. The whole experience was comfortable, low key, and—in the end—a relief. I almost felt silly for having built it up so much in my mind. Planned Parenthood was there for me.

I’m telling you this because April is STD Awareness month—and breaking down the stigma around getting tested is the first step to building healthier communities. So, make an appointment, encourage your friends to do the same, and help keep yourself and your community healthy.

Here’s to health and peace of mind,

Grateful Planned Parenthood patient

P.S. Did you know that becoming a patient at Planned Parenthood helps strengthen its ability to provide care to others? Schedule your visit today.

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