On February 7, National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, Family Health Services Inc. (LoveSafely.com) was reminded of the importance of advocating for education, testing, involvement and treatment in communities. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates approximately 1.2 million people in the U.S. living with HIV and about 13% are unaware. Though there is currently no effective cure for HIV, with proper treatment, and if caught early, people living with HIV have roughly the same life expectancy as their HIV-negative peers. Tools to stop HIV transmissions for good are also available.

Family Health Services can help! They offer free HIV and STI/STD tests to whoever needs them. Their caring and comprehensive providers are available Monday-Friday in Lincoln for all your reproductive health needs (preventative health screenings, cervical cancer screenings/PAPs, breast cancer screenings, contraceptives and many other services).

Family Health Services is a nonprofit healthcare organization that serves people in nine southeast Nebraska counties. Patients can get reproductive healthcare on an income-based sliding fee basis. The clinic also accepts most private insurance, Medicaid and Every Woman Matters. They believe everyone should have access to reproductive and sexual healthcare regardless of ability to pay. Visit LoveSafely.com or call (402) 466-1012 for more information or to schedule an appointment.