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Planned Parenthood offers free STD testing

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INDIANAPOLIS -

Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky (PPINK) announced today that it will mark the sixth annual GYT: Get Yourself Tested campaign in April-STD Awareness Month-by offering free STD and HIV tests at 18 of its Indiana health centers.

GYT is a national campaign to promote sexual health and address the disproportionately high rates of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) - including HIV, chlamydia, and gonorrhea - among young people under 25.

Half of the estimated 20 million sexually transmitted diseases contracted each year occur among the under-25 age group, although they only represent one-quarter of the sexually active population. In fact, one in two sexually active young people in the U.S. will contract an STD by the time they're 25 - and most won't know it.

"Getting tested is simply a basic part of staying healthy and taking control of your sex life," said Liz Carroll, vice president of patient services for PPINK. "By offering free STD testing in April, we aim to encourage everyone who's sexually active-especially young people-to get themselves tested and know their status."

During the month of April, PPINK will offer "Free Fridays" at 18 of its Indiana health centers. On April 11, 18 and 25, chlamydia, gonorrhea and HIV tests will be free at the following health centers. Appointments are encouraged.

The participating health centers are:

· Avon, 8102 Kingston Street, Suite 100, (317) 272-2042

· Bloomington, 421 South College Avenue, (812) 336-0219

· Columbus, 3200 Sycamore Court, Suite 2C, (812) 376-3045

· Evansville, 125 North Weinbach, Suite 120, (812) 473-4990

· Fishers, 8937 Technology Drive, (317) 849-9304

· Fort Wayne, 3914 West Jefferson Boulevard, (260) 423-1322

· Hammond, 7131 Indianapolis Boulevard, (219) 845-0848

· Indianapolis Eastside, 9385 East Washington Street, (317) 899-4731

· Indianapolis Midtown, 3750 North Meridian Street, # 100, (317) 925-6747

· Indianapolis Southside, 935 East Hanna Avenue, Suite A, (317) 788-0396

· Lafayette, 964 Mezzanine Drive, (765) 446-8078

· Madison, 220 Clifty Drive, Unit H, (812) 273-1172

· Merrillville, 8645 Connecticut Street, (219) 769-3500

· Mishawaka, 3005 Grape Road, #B, (574) 255-9555

· Muncie, 3550 West Fox Ridge Lane, (765) 282-8011

· Terre Haute, 30 South Third Street, (812) 238-2636

· Valparaiso, 2803 Boilermaker Court, #1-F, (219) 462-5976

· Warsaw, 630 South Buffalo Street, Suite 1, (574) 267-3889

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