April is National STD Awareness Month. According to new data from the CDC, sexually transmitted infections are on the rise in the United States, especially among young people: There are now about 20 million new infections in the United States each year, half in the under-25 age group. Getting tested for sexually transmitted infections is one of the most important things we can do to protect our health. STIs are widespread, but early treatment can help us live healthy lives by helping avoid some of the negative consequences of STIs.That’s why Planned Parenthood has joined with MTV, the Kaiser Family Foundation, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in marking STD Awareness Month through the award-winning GYT – Get Yourself Tested – campaign. Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains’ 33 health centers in our four-state region offer routine testing for a range of STDs. Last year alone, PPRM provided nearly 15,000 STI tests across Colorado, New Mexico, Wyoming and southern Nevada. In April, the Glenwood Springs health center will offer $10 HIV testing and $10 chlamydia/gonorrhea testing on April 16 and 19. The health center is located at 50923 Highway 6&24. Getting tested is simply a basic part of staying healthy. People should know that testing is easier than ever before: for example, rapid HIV tests can provide results in as fast as 20 minutes from just a finger prick.PPRM is proud to be the nonprofit health care provider for more than 120,000 people in the Rocky Mountain region. We work every day to reduce the U.S.’s high rates of STIs through education, testing and treatment, and our doors are open to everyone. Call 1-800-230-PLAN or visit our website http://www.pprm.org for more information on STD testing and treatment.Rebecca Murray Glenwood Springs
Urgent plea. It is unfortunate we have people so unhappy with their lives that they feel the need to take from others who have families and are trying to make ends meet to keep what they have. There has been an increase of home burglaries lately with some areas being New Castle, Peach Valley and Glenwood. They even entered through a dog door to gain access. Jewelry, passports, a safe, computers, flat screen TVs, etc. are being taken. They even take the time to go through all clothing pockets, shoes and boots for hiding places. They have emptied every drawer, etc., looking for all possible hiding places. Please talk to your neighbors, obtain security alarms, etc., to protect your homes from the people who choose to be “takers” in life. It is a shame we have to deal with these burglaries as well as protecting our personal and financial information via hackers who gain access. I pray that Karma comes back swiftly and harshly to these people who chose to prey on the hard-working people of our communities. Talk to your neighbors and make a plan if you notice anything unusual, and please call the police so we may help them stop this relentless stealing and ransacking of peoples homes. Pamela WhittingtonGlenwood Springs
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The town would join Aspen and Glenwood Springs in prohibiting flavored tobacco sales and licensing retailers.