National HIV Testing Day

National HIV Testing Day (NHTD) was first observed on June 27, 1995. This day was brought about to encourage people to get tested and get treatment.  HIV is a virus that attacks the body’s immune system so that it eventually can’t fight disease and infection.  Getting tested is the only way to know whether you have HIV.  It’s important to know so that you can make healthy choices to prevent spreading the disease, maintain your best health, or possibly prevent getting it.  In 2016, 39,782 people received an HIV diagnosis.

The theme for this year is “Doing It My Way, Testing for HIV”.  It’s an interesting theme to contemplate.  So often in life “doing it my way” doesn’t lead to the outcomes we really need (or even want).  Whether you agree or disagree about slogans, HIV is a serious medical issue and everyone at risk should be tested so that they can get the best help and treatment available.  If you are unsure whether you are at risk, text us.  We can help you determine whether you should be tested.  We offer free STD testing which includes HIV.  Our medical staff is caring and compassionate and here to address your concerns and give you help and hope.  All services are confidential and free. Contact us for an appointment.

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How far along am I?

When a woman faces a pregnancy, planned or unplanned, the first natural question is typically, “How far along am I?”  With a pregnancy that is planned and welcomed, knowing how far along allows the woman (and man) to anticipate various milestones in the baby’s development and schedule appropriate appointments.

When the pregnancy is unplanned, knowing how far along the pregnancy is can be just as important.  For women who are contemplating abortion, the baby’s level of development may play a critical role, not only in the type of abortion procedure chosen, but in her comfort with having an abortion at all. Most physicians date a pregnancy by the woman’s last menstrual period (LMP), this being the first day of her most recent period.  However, since some women have irregular periods, an ultrasound can provide a more accurate verification of pregnancy and dates.

For women considering abortion, our Clinic provides free ultrasounds to determine pregnancy viability (whether the pregnancy is alive).  In cases where the pregnancy is not viable, such as no fetal heartbeat or no gestational sac, the pregnancy will most likely miscarry, making the difficult decision to abort unnecessary.  Should the ultrasound show a viable pregnancy, it can provide the answer to “how far along?”, and our counselors can answer questions regarding abortion procedures as well as alternatives to abortion.

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