Published : Friday, March 23, 2018 | 4:47 PM
March 26th to 30th marks the 16th year of National LGBT Health Awareness Week in Pasadena and across the U.S. Organized by National Coalition for LGBT Health, the week will highlight what supporters said are disparities that exist in access to care and health outcomes for LGBT people with hopes of reducing discrimination and stigma LGBT people face in the healthcare system.
According to the Coaltion, LGBT people face low rates of health insurance coverage, high rates of HIV/AIDS and cancer, and high rates of discrimination from medical providers, and LGBT people of color are at an even higher risk for these disparities.
“Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender women and men deserve access to high-quality healthcare close to home,” said Sheri Bonner, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Pasadena and San Gabriel Valley (PPPSGV). “We want the LGBT community in the San Gabriel Valley to know that you are welcome here and our staff is well trained in all the nuances of LGBT health, whether patients come in for mammograms, other cancer screens or STI testing and prevention. We are especially excited that we are now offering Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (also known as PrEP) that helps prevent HIV.”
Planned Parenthood health centers now offer PEP (Post-exposure prophylaxis) — a series of pills you can start taking soon after being exposed to HIV, which lower your chances of getting it.
PPPSGV was one of 11 Planned Parenthood affiliates in the U.S. that was awarded $50,000 grant through the Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s HIV Prevention Initiative. The initiative was made possible by a $900,000 block grant from Gilead Sciences, Inc., a research-based biopharmaceutical company in partnership with The Black AIDS Institute, a national organization working to stop the HIV/AIDS epidemic in black communities by engaging and mobilizing black institutions and individuals.
95% of the healthcare services PPPSGV provides are preventive, including life-saving cancer screenings, all FDA-approved methods of birth control, annual exams, testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections, and more.
PPPSGV health centers are located in Pasadena, Alhambra, Eagle Rock and Glendora and their service extends from Glendora to Glendale, and from the San Gabriel Mountains to the San Bernardino freeway. To make an appointment call (626) 798-0706 or visit www.plannedparenthood.org/pppsgv.