Planned Parenthood Launches Initiative to Expand HIV Prevention

 

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HIV Prevention
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A retired clinical psychologist, Dr. Beth Grosshans oversaw a New Jersey-based private practice focused on children and families. In retirement, Dr. Beth Grosshans spends her time writing, speaking, and supporting various nonprofit groups, including Planned Parenthood Federation of America.

In an August 2017 press release, Planned Parenthood announced the launch of a new initiative to expand HIV prevention and education efforts in communities across the country. Supported by a grant from Gilead Sciences, Inc., the initiative will advance a multi-phase pilot program that will be implemented at 11 Planned Parenthood affiliates over a period of 18 months.

With the Gilead grant, Planned Parenthood will develop trainings, educational resources, and informational materials as part of a comprehensive HIV prevention program. The program will specifically focus on raising awareness of new prevention methods, including Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP), a daily pill that reduces the risk of HIV transmission among high-risk communities.

Although advancements have been made in the areas of treatment and prevention, HIV remains a significant health issue, especially among minority populations. The new Planned Parenthood program will focus on extending HIV prevention services and education to the country’s most-affected communities.

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