Family Planning receives $1.2 million grant for STI treatment | WIVT

BINGHAMTON, NY (WIVT/WBGH) – The New York State Department of Health’s AIDS Institute has awarded a local provider a grant to increase access and treatment for sexually transmitted infections.

Family Planning of South-Central New York received a five-year, $1.2 million grant to improve its HIV and hepatitis C services.

Director of Patient Services Allison Swift says Family Planning of South-Central New York is one of the only organizations in the area that provides antiretrovirals to patients who have recently tested positive for HIV.

She says this funding will allow for larger additions to those prescriptions, as well as continuing to provide contraceptives, cancer screenings, pregnancy tests, STI tests, and more.

Family Planning Director of Patient Services, Allison Swift, says, “Sexual transmission of HIV and reported STI diagnoses continue to increase in New York State. One way to help this epidemic is to provide access to quality, affordable care and targeted testing and treatment options.

Swift also says the funding will help provide transportation and access to treatment for those living in rural communities in Steuben, Tioga, Tompkins and Schuyler counties.

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