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Nurse Practitioner Urging Community to test for HIV/AIDS at New Center

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Here's something you may have never thought of - getting tested for HIV. And it can be pricey.

Especially for teens or young adults who may not have a job or health insurance.

Adams County ranks one of the highest in the state for STDs among teenagers, but employees at Family Planning in Quincy are hoping to change that with some new services being offered.

Nurse practitioner Beverly Stumpf says Adams County has never really had an STD clinic and she hopes people will take advantage of the services the practice offers.

"I think they'll see our merit here and what we can offer to lower the rates and improve the education and the quality of life," said Stumpf.

Stumpf stresses that the center is not just for teens and young adults. She says even if you have not been sexually active in several years, you may have contracted HIV or another STD along the course of your life and you may not even know it, which is why she says it's important for everyone to test for HIV every year. Something she says most people don't do and most have never been tested at all.

Stumpf says that part of the high number of STDs is because it's difficult for people - especially teens - to find a place to go get treated. Many of them, she says, are afraid to tell their parents they're sexually active or they just don't have the money. Maybe they don't want to ask mom or dad for that insurance card.

"I think that we have the advantage of giving the students and the people a chance to come without any kind of stigma and they don't have to run it through mom's insurance," said Stumpf.

In fact, she says teens can just walk in and if they're sexually active they can get the help they need without ever having to tell mom. And she says with more and more teens getting active at a younger age, they will see people young or old. And it's completely confidential.

Something the clinic says it hopes would encourage more sexually active young people to come in and get checked out and treated if necessary.

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