In recognition of World AIDS Day, Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota (PPMNS) is coordinating events in cities throughout Minnesota aimed at helping young Minnesotans protect themselves from HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs). From Minneapolis to Rochester, from Bemidji to Duluth – young people throughout the state will organize and educate their peers about HIV/AIDS.
- Free HIV Testing in Rochester in partnership with the University of Minnesota, Rochester and the Rochester Community Technical College;
- Que Onda Minneapolis, PPMNS’ leadership development program for Latino youth, will host special HIV/AIDS educational sessions and make posters and safer-sex kits to educate the community; and
- PPMNS’ peer education programs in Duluth and Richfield will host HIV/AIDS themed movie nights.
While the global incidence of HIV is on the decline, rates of new infection remain unacceptably high. Abroad and in the United States, young people still lack access to information and services. PPMNS works to break down these barriers by offering confidential, non-judgmental health care to men, women and teens.
Last year, PPMNS administered more than 60,000 STI tests in communities across the region including HIV testing and counseling. We also reached more than 24,000 people with educational programs that focus on healthy decision making, preventing unintended pregnancy and protecting against STIs.
Contact: Jen Aulwes, 651.755.9557