Planned Parenthood of Nassau County is offering free screenings for sexually transmitted diseases this month outside its clinics.
The organization is offering the screenings as part of the national Get Yourself Tested campaign, designed to encourage young people to talk to their health care providers and be screened for STDs.
Even though people between ages 15 and 24 years old represent only 25 percent of the sexually experienced population, they acquire nearly half of all new STDs, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Untreated, STDs can increase the risk of infertility and cancer and make one more likely to get HIV.
The screenings — for HIV, gonorrhea and chlamydia — will be offered at the following times at the blue Plan Van parked outside its three clinics. No appointment is necessary.
Monday, April 9, 12-3 p.m., Planned Parenthood’s Massapequa Health Center, 35 Carmans Rd., Massapequa
Wednesday, April 18, 1-4 p.m., Planned Parenthood’s Glen Cove Health Center, 110 School St., Glen Cove
Wednesday, April 25, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Planned Parenthood’s Hempstead Health Center, 540 Fulton Ave., Hempstead