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Planned Parenthood offers new HIV testing procedure

Monday, November 26, 2001

The Storm Lake Planned Parenthood of Great Iowa clinic will begin offering non invasive HIV testing on December 1, which is World AIDS Day.

Sixteen other Planner Parenthood sites across Iowa will begin the service at the same time.

The tests are being offered, said PPGI vice president for health services Penny Dickey, R.N., because patients throughout the state, in rural as well as in metro areas, have asked Planned Parenthood for the service. HIV testing previously had been available only at PPGI's Des Moines Central and Iowa City clinics.

"Providing this service in our patient-centered settings also gives our health care professionals the opportunity to provide counseling on prevention of this and other sexually transmitted diseases in a confidential setting," said Dickey.

The test is an oral-fluid specimen test manufactured by OraSure. The specimen to be tested is obtained with a mouth swab.

The fee for the test at all PPGI clinics will be $30.

Results of a test will not be available to anyone without the written consent of the patient. All patients who are tested will be counseled in person on the results.

According to Iowa State Law, positive results will be reported to the Iowa State Health Department, using a patient ID number.

Planned Parenthood clinics are located in northwestern Iowa in Fort Dodge, Le Mars, Sioux City, Spencer and Storm Lake.

For information, call 1-800-230-7526.

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