Friday, July 13, 2018

Planned Parenthood opens HIV drop-in center in Denver

Posted By on Fri, Jul 13, 2018 at 10:46 AM

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Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains
has announced the upcoming opening of a new community drop-in center, The Spot, which will offer programming related to HIV. Hosted at PPRM's Denver Central health center (921 E. 14th Ave.), The Spot’s schedule will include “a variety of activities, including sex education courses, pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) navigation, group discussions, movie and game nights and more,” according to a press release.
Free HIV testing will be offered regardless of the other programming taking place.

The Spot, while unique to Colorado, has precedence in the region, bearing some similarity to a program led by Planned Parenthood of New Mexico in Albuquerque: N’MPower, a program of the national Mpowerment project. According to its Facebook page, N’MPower’s goal is to “prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS and other STDs among young gay/bi men and trans individuals between the ages of 18-29 through education and community building.”

The Spot will be open to the public on weekdays from 4-10 p.m., Sundays from noon to 4 p.m., and Saturdays upon request, starting July 22. While a programming schedule is not yet finalized, interested parties should keep an eye on the PPRM website for updates and more information.

Disclosure: This reporter volunteers for PPRM as a health center activist in Colorado Springs.

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