The Melon’s Jack Faust meets with Aurora Jewell and Erin Ward from Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and discusses its missions, services and recent struggles during our current economic climate.
Aurora was kind enough to hit us up with some clarifications and additional information about Planned Parenthood.
- Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest www.ppgnw.org People can schedule appointments, find volunteer opportunities, explore ways to take action for reproductive rights, down load the Speaking of Sex Podcast and get comprehensive, medically accurate information about reproductive health in Washington State.
Health Care for All March-Mothers Leading the Way! www.may30marech.org We will be mobilizing volunteers to go to the march. If people would like to go to the March with Planned Parenthood they can email us at email@example.com
Regarding Plan B
Men can purchase Plan B without prescription at Planned Parenthood who meet the legal age requirement for purchasing Plan B. The age for purchasing Plan B over the counter, without prescription was 18 but has recently changed to 17 years of age. However, Plan B is not being dispensed over the counter to 17 year olds just yet because the marketing materials and new labels have to be approved by the FDA. This is a common practice when laws change around prescription medications and we do not know how long that process will take. Until then, Plan B can be purchased over the counter, without prescription by women 18 years and older.
Regarding Human Papiloma Virus (HPV) Treatment
HPV stands for human papilloma virus. There are more than 100 types of HPV. Some types produce warts – plantar warts on the feet and common hand warts. About 40 types of HPV can infect the genital area -the vulva, the vagina, cervix, rectum, anus, penis or scrotum. Genital HPV infections are very common. HPV is so common that about half of all men and more than 3 out of 4 women have HPV at some point in their lives. But most people who have HPV don’t know it. In fact-
· Most HPV infections have no harmful effect at all
· Some types of HPV may cause genital warts. These are called low-risk types of HPV
· Some types of HPV may cause cell changes that sometimes lead to cervical cancer and certain other genital and throat cancers. These are called high-risk types.
Genital warts can be removed with various genital warts treatments. A person should talk with their health care provider to decide which treatment might be best for them. There is currently no HPV treatment to cure HPV itself. Most HPV infections are harmless, do not require treatment, and go away by themselves. Treatment is available for the abnormal cell changes in the cervix that are caused by HPV. Common treatments include colposcopy, cryotherapy, and LEEP. For more information about HPV please visit our website at ppgnw.org
Regarding the Gardasil Vaccine and Minor Consent
There is no consent for minors when obtaining the Gardasil vaccination in Washington State because it is a vaccination that prevents a sexually transmitted infection. In Washington State, a person can access reproductive health care services without parental consent. However, for all other immunizations minors would need to obtain parental consent unless the minor met the criteria for the Mature Minor Doctrine. You can learn more about minor consent laws in Washington State by visiting http://www.lawhelp.org/documents/216941minors_health_care_rights.pdf?stateabbrev=/WA/
Regarding Planned Parenthood’s History
Planned Parenthood’s founder, Margaret Sanger, opened the first birth control clinic in 1916; it was located in New York City. The first Planned Parenthood Health Center in Washington was opened in 1945 and was located in Seattle. For more than 90 years, Planned Parenthood has promoted commonsense approach to women’s health and well-being, based on respect for each individual’s right to make informed, independent decisions about sex, health, and family planning.
Regarding coming to Planned Parenthood
When a person is in of need medical care, birth control, education or information, Planned Parenthood is here to help. As the largest reproductive health care provider in the Northwest, Planned Parenthood has been providing services for men and women since 1935. We have 21 health centers throughout Western Washington. We provide services for anyone seeking birth control, STI testing and treatment, cancer screening and other preventative care. Our professional staff and experienced counselors give patients up-to-date information and the opportunity to discuss their personal needs. Everything is confidential. We provide services for all people regardless of income, whether they are insured or not insured.
Regarding the Take Charge Program
All Planned Parenthood Health Centers in Western Washington participate in the Take Charge program with free family planning services for women and men without current Medicaid or other insurance.
To qualify for Take Chare, a person must provide proof of:
· A gross (before taxes are taken out) income at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty level.
· U.S. citizenship (such as a birth certificate or U.S. passport or be able to provide information about where and when you were born). You may also be eligible if you have a green card and have been a permanent resident for at least 5 years
· Washington State residency.
A person would need to bring all documentation with them to the Planned Parenthood Health Center on the day of their visit.
If a person were to qualify for Take Charge, Family Planning services at no cost to them would include:
· Annual exam and counseling
· Birth control pills, Depo-Provera, IUD, condoms, foam, contraceptive patch, vaginal ring, diaphragm
· Emergency Contraception
· Vasectomy or tubal ligation (sterilization)
Family Planning service coverage is good for one full year. A person may reapply each year for additional coverage. Fees may apply for visits that are not for Family Planning.