Planned parenthood receives federal grant to expand HIV testing and prevention programs in Memphis | Health
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Grants Management has announced that Planned Parenthood Greater Memphis Region (PPGMR) will receive a grant of $265,000 per year for three years to expand its HIV prevention programs and integrate HIV prevention with family planning services.
The three-year grant will allow PPGMR to expand its outreach testing program and provide HIV testing and prevention counseling in Spanish to the Spanish-speaking community.
PPGMR currently provides free HIV testing and prevention counseling at three community sites each week, in addition to offering free testing every day at its health center at 2430 Poplar Avenue. “This grant will allow us to bring free weekly testing to more locations, making HIV testing accessible throughout our community,” said PPGMR CEO Ashley Coffield.
The grant will also provide supplemental funding for year-round promotion of Free Condoms Memphis, PPGMR’s free condom distribution program that provides condoms free of charge to the general public at more than fifty accessible locations such as churches, barber shops, nail salons, nightclubs, and many other accessible locations around Shelby County.
“Our HIV prevention programs are designed to help take away the stigma that many attach to HIV testing and condom use. By making HIV testing and condoms both free and easily accessible to everyone, we hope to make testing and proper use of condoms a routine and normal part of life for sexually active Mid-Southerners, thereby reducing the spread of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections,” said Ms. Coffield.
For more information about Planned Parenthood Greater Memphis Region’s HIV prevention programs, please visit the website: http://www.plannedparenthood.org/memphis/.