In recognition of World Aids Day (December 1), Planned Parenthood empowered youth to lead a campaign for education and services for their peers. Although the global incidence rate of HIV is lower than in recent years, the rate of new infections is far too high.
Youth in Minnesota offered information and outreach in Duluth High Schools. Red ribbons were distributed and ideas were generated to contribute to conversations about Sexually Transmitted Infection prevention and treatment.
Qu Onda in Minneapolis held a leadership conference for Latino youth and Planned Parenthood-Minneapolis, North Dakota and South Dakota held HIV/AIDS themed movie nights.
The major piece towards prevention of HIV/AIDS infection is access to information and services, friends. Planned Parenthood is making a huge dent in this obstacle. Last year alone, over 60,000 STI tests were administered and more than 24,000 persons received educational services.
Way to go, Planned Parenthood!
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