In a news release sent out on World AIDS Day — a day to raise awareness about HIV and AIDS — Planned Parenthood reminds the public that it offers access to prevention education, tools that reduce transmission, and HIV testing at all its health centers in Maine.

Planned Parenthood of Northern New England (PPNNE) health centers in Maine also offer Insti HIV tests, which provide results in 60 seconds or less. The new Insti tests provide faster results, earlier detection of HIV, and better accuracy.

PPNNE health centers also offer PrEP, pre-exposure prophylaxis, a daily pill that can help prevent HIV. Taking PrEP every day can decrease chances of contracting HIV from sex by more than 90%.

PPNNE Vice President of Public Policy Nicole Clegg says, “Insti tests and PrEP are important components of PPNNE’s comprehensive sexual and reproductive health services and the community’s ability to reduce the transmission of HIV.”

Often the success of preventive programs for HIV and sexually transmitted infections is predicated on convenience, which is why PPNNE offers same-day and next-day appointments for testing and evening and weekend hours. For more information or to schedule an appointment, visit www.ppnne.org.

In Maine, PPNNE serves approximately 10,000 patients a year at health centers in Biddeford, Portland, Sanford and Topsham.