Planned Parenthood South Texas to offer free HIV tests

Planned Parenthood will be hosting an HIV health fair in front of its health clinic in Brownsville on Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event will be offering free HIV testing.

The health fair is part of a new HIV awareness and prevention campaign intended to promote information on sexual reproductive health, particularly HIV among Latina women in Cameron County.

Planned Parenthood South Texas was presented with an official proclamation by the City of Brownsville on Monday.

The proclamation, which recognizes December as HIV/AIDS Awareness Month, also coincides with a new campaign launched by Planned Parenthood South Texas in the Rio Grande Valley. The campaign aims to raise awareness about the risk of HIV and encourage HIV testing while reducing the stigma surrounding HIV/AIDS.

Planned Parenthood will be making presentations around the community throughout the coming year. These presentations are intended to educate people about the risk of HIV, particularly Latinas between the ages of 18 to 29.

According to a news release, lack of access to safe and supportive health care, education and information creates a higher risk for cisgender and transgender women of color to acquire HIV.

Planned Parenthood’s new campaign will also include billboards and marketing materials designed to educate people about HIV risks, reduce stigma, and promote testing.