World Aids Day. There are approximately 1.2 million people living with HIV/AIDS in the U.S. and every 10 minutes someone is diagnosed with HIV.
Under the Affordable Care Act, millions more people will be eligible
for health insurance and HIV care. Currently, insurers will be required
to fully cover annual counseling and screening for HIV infection for all
sexually active women, as well as HIV screening for adolescents and
adults age 13-64 who are at higher risk for contracting HIV. In
November, the United States Preventive Services Task Force recommended
that all Americans ages 15-65 receive routine HIV testing, not just
those most at risk. If finalized, this would mean insurers would have to
cover HIV screening without a co-pay.
“The Affordable Care Act provides unprecedented opportunities for
Americans to work together in changing the course of this epidemic,”
said Amy Dickson, vice president of clinical operations for Planned
Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains. “With new investments in sex
education and the evolution of health technology as a means to educate
and communicate with more people than ever before, we have new tools in
the fight against HIV/AIDS.”
Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains is working to reduce the high
rates of sexually transmitted infections through education and
screenings, in an effort to create the healthiest generation ever. PPRM
health centers provide quality, nonjudgmental care to women, men, and
young people, regardless of their ability to pay. Last year, we saw
121,400 patients and provided 15,000 HIV screenings.
On World AIDS Day and every day, there is much to be done. Talk to your
friends and family about this global problem, ensure your loved ones
get the information and care they need and deserve, and let your
legislators know that you support investments in family planning. To
make an appointment for HIV testing, visit www.pprm.org.