By Debbie Hall
For 100 years, Planned Parenthood has provided information, education and health care as well as advocated for a woman’s right to make informed, independent decisions about health, sex and family planning. Planned Parenthood in Las Vegas provides vital services to a woman’s health and well-being, including general health care, birth control, HIV testing, pregnancy testing and services, morning-after pill (emergency contraception), sexually transmitted diseases testing, diagnosis and treatment, vaccines and abortion services.
Last year, Planned Parenthood of Southern Nevada provided over 8,700 STD screenings, over 1,300 cancer screenings, nearly 1,500 HIV tests and nearly 16,000 family planning visits. Its health centers in Las Vegas offer low-cost, high-quality reproductive heath care for women, men and teens. One in five American women has chosen Planned Parenthood for health care at least once in her life. The staff of Planned Parenthood promises privacy and confidentiality.
“Planned Parenthood in Las Vegas is focused on education, outreach and activism. When external forces silence comprehensive sex ed in our communities, our presence and involvement become a strong voice breaking that silence. We are here, loud and proud, speaking up for Las Vegas,” said Vicki Cowart, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains that includes Planned Parenthood of Southern Nevada.
For general health care and well-being, services include anemia testing, cholesterol screening, diabetes screening, high blood pressure screening, smoking cessation and thyroid screening. These services are available on a walk-in basis and by appointment every day but Friday and Saturday.
For those concerned about possibly contracting sexually transmitted diseases, Planned Parenthood offers a safe, confidential environment with no judgment. The facility offers testing, diagnosis and treatment for conditions including chlamydia, genital warts and gonorrhea. There is testing and diagnosis for HIV. Education and prevention is also available, including condoms, female condoms and dental dams. The HPV vaccine (Gardasil) is available as well. STD testing and treatment services are available during all business hours on a walk-in basis as well as by appointment.
For some, becoming pregnant is joyful news, while for others it can be scary, confusing and difficult. Pregnancy testing and services are available during all business hours on a walk-in basis and by appointment. Trained staff can discuss options, including resources for prenatal care, adoption referrals, abortion referrals and services. Fertility awareness education and postpartum exams are also provided.
After unprotected sex, whether consensual or as a result of a sexual assault, emergency contraception (morning-after pill) and related
services can be obtained at Planned Parenthood. Emergency contraception is now available without age restrictions and, if necessary, women may be able to get emergency contraception at a nearby pharmacy. Women under the age of 17 can get prescription emergency contraception at Planned Parenthood. Also, there are rape crisis counseling referrals, as well as pregnancy testing if needed.
Planned Parenthood of Southern Nevada is a big part of the community and will continue to serve the health care needs of women, teens and men. Its health center proudly supports and welcomes clients regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or sex assigned at birth, including but not limited to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning and intersex clients. All clients, regardless of the services needed, are treated in a respectful and professional manner.
Vicki Cowart, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains
3300 E. Flamingo Road
Las Vegas NV 89121
Las Vegas, NV 89102