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some clinics reporting 50% losses. That means significantly fewer people received sexual health services in Texas. How does defunding Planned Parenthood affect rates of STD infection? The long- term effects of defunding Planned Parenthood in different states remains to be seen. In states that have forced Planned Parenthood clinics to close due to lack of funding, the negative short-term effects are noticeable. For many areas, Planned Parenthood is the most familiar STD testing clinic and when it closes, STD statistics in the area show an uptick in the number of infections . In Indiana, for example, five Planned Parenthood clinics have shut down since 2011, none of which provided abortions . When the Scott County location of Planned Parenthood shuttered in 2013, the area was left without an HIV testing center. As a result of the lack of available prevention information and testing, an HIV outbreak began that the governor, Mike Pence, called an epidemic. Governor Pence even backtracked on his previous policy banning needle-exchange programs in an attempt to slow down the outbreak of HIV in the state. Many people who rely on Planned Parenthood for contraceptives, birth control, and regular reproductive screenings are left with few affordable options in the wake of clinic closures, especially in rural areas where there are no other clinics for hundreds of miles. Without access to birth control, more pregnancies are expected which, in turn, will lead to more abortions . Without access to barrier contraceptives like condoms, more STDs will be spread and, without clinics to test for them, the STDs will flourish and continue to spread. The potential detrimental effects of people going without STD testing are enormous. Regular STD testing is the only way to be sure that you are disease-free if you’re sexually active. Whatever your opinion regarding the delicate topics at the center of the Planned
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H e a l t h I n s u r a n c e C o v e r a g e P a g e | 149 Parenthood debate, there are very real consequences to closing clinics that provide necessary sexual health services to low income and uninsured populations. A Health Assessment from Nassau County shows how Planned Parenthood dramatically reduced STD rates. As Ortega explains, Planned Parenthood reduces STD rates by educating communities and giving treatments. Sierra Ortega 2014 (contributor to Long Island Report) “STD, teen pregnancy rates decrease in Nassau’s ‘high risk’ communities”, - decrease-in-nassau-countys-high-risk-communities/18617 According to the newly released 2014-2017 Nassau County Community Health Assessment, STD and teen pregnancy rates in Nassau County’s “high risk” communities have decreased. Among the nine communities categorized as high risk – Roosevelt, Hempstead and Uniondale – had the highest teen pregnancy rates in the county in 2008. According to the report, teen pregnancy rates in these communities have decreased from 85 to 48 per every 1,000 females between the ages of 15 to 19 . This is still, county officials have said, “a pregnancy rate over four times those of the rest
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