Planned Parenthood Greater Memphis Region (PPGMR) is offering free rapid HIV testing and free syphilis testing in observance of World AIDS Day, Thursday, December 1.
The free testing is available to both men and women without appointment from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Planned Parenthood health center at 2430 Poplar Avenue. The syphilis test is a blood test and results will be given to patients within seven days. But HIV results will be available to patients on site in about 30 minutes. Volunteers will be leading free Zumba exercise classes in the lobby throughout the day to keep people energized while they wait for their results.
This is the first year PPGMR has been able to offer free syphilis testing in conjunction with free HIV testing on World AIDS Day. Syphilis is a sexually transmitted infection that can cause serious illness and even death if left untreated.