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By Greg Margason

During April, Planned Parenthood of Indiana will be offering free sexually-transmitted disease screenings at 19 of its health centers as part of the "Get Yourself Tested" campaign and National STD Awareness Month.

These 19 centers will have free screenings available for gonorrhea and chlamydia: Avon, Bloomington, Columbus, Evansville, Fort Wayne, Indianapolis-Castleton, Indianapolis-Eastside, Indianapolis-Midtown, Indianapolis-Southside, Hammond, Lafayette, Madison, Merrillville, Mishawaka, Muncie, Richmond, Terre Haute, Valparaiso and Warsaw.

The same health centers will also be offering free HIV testing, the costs of which are partially covered by the Indiana AIDS Fund. The free tests will be offered during the first week of April as well as every Friday through the end of the month.

"Getting tested for STDs and HIV is key to staying healthy," said Dr. John Stutsman, PPIN's medical director. "Many sexually-transmitted infections do not exhibit any obvious symptoms, which is why individuals who may be at risk should get regular screenings.

For more information, or to make an appointment, call 1-800-230-PLAN.

Appointments are encouraged, but not required. Visit the website for a list of health center locations and their contact information.

Greg Margason is a reporter for TheStatehouseFile.com, a news service powered by Franklin College journalism students and faculty.

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