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Sep 08

Planned Parenthood: response

Planned Parenthood, what can they do for you?

Planned Parenthood provides accessible, affordable, and confidential reproductive health services in health centers located nationwide. Planned Parenthood believes that everyone has the right to make reproductive/sexual health decisions on their own and therefore should have access to accurate information about all of their health options. Their medical and educational professionals stress that open communication in all types of relationships is important.

They encourage people to discuss health issues with families and to talk openly with their partners.

Seven clinics are located throughout the North Country in Canton, Ogdensburg, Malone, Watertown, Saranac Lake, Lowville, and Plattsburg. Both Men and Women can benefit from services offered at Planned Parenthood. These services include:

Sexually Transmitted Infection Testing and Treatment

Testicular and Breast Cancer Screenings

Free Condoms

Emergency Contraception (with valid ID)

Pelvic Exam/Pap Smear

Pregnancy Options Counseling

Access to Contraceptives

Sexual Assault Services

Planned Parenthood strives to serve the community beyond the doors of its clinics. They do this by providing free educational services. The Community Educators provides educational programming groups of all demographics. In all presentations related to sexual activity or STIs, they stress that abstinence is the only 100% effective method for preventing STIs and Pregnancy. Middle School Topics:

Puberty

Self-Esteem

Body Image

Baby Think It Over

Healthy Relationships

High School Topics and College:

Healthy Relationships

Correct Condom Use

Barrier Methods

Hormonal Contraceptives

Sexually Transmitted Infections

HIV and Drug and Alcohol Use

Substance Abuse Inpatient/Outpatient and Prison Population Topics:

Correct Condom Use

Barrier Methods

Hormonal Contraceptives

Sexually Transmitted Infections

HIV and Drug and Alcohol Use

Sexual health is an important part of our overall health and our college experience. The Community Educator in Canton is available to provide educational sessions to all types of student groups including (but not limited to) Residence Halls, First Year Student Programs, Sororities, Fraternities, and Athletic Teams. If you would like to schedule a session or a series call 315-386-3426.

New York State Law dictates that Planned Parenthood must provide confidential reproductive health services to minors. This means that a minor does not need parental consent to access their services. Planned Parenthood encourages minors to discuss their health with their families but provides services no matter what.

Planned Parenthood accepts all major types of health insurance, including Medicaid, in their clinics. If you do not have insurance you will be charged a sliding scale fee. This means that you will be placed in a payment category based on your income and the number of people who depend on it. Many College Students qualify for Planned Parenthood’s Family Planning Benefit Program. If a man or woman meets the financial qualifications for this program they can access STI testing, exams, and contraceptives at an extremely reduced cost. To apply for the Family Planning Benefits Program, contact your local Planned Parenthood.

Consider This:

According to the last National College Health Assessment Implemented at SUNY Potsdam (Spring 2010)…

Only 63.3 % of females reported having a routine gynecological exam in the last 12 months.

28.4 % reported ever being tested for Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) infection.

17.9% of Males and 19.3% of Females report having had unprotected sex in the last 12 months as a result of alcohol use

Percent of sexually active students who reported using a condom or other protective barrier within the last 30 days (mostly or always ):

 

Activity  Male (%) Female (%)
Oral sex   6.7 5.1
Vaginal intercourse 52.9  48.6
Anal intercourse  55.6 18.9