Social distancing doesn’t mean residents should ignore their sexual health. To help out, Planned Parenthood’s professional Health Educators are available via text chat and web chat seven days a week to answer questions about pregnancy, birth control, sex, abortion, health and wellness, urinary tract infections and sexually transmitted infections.
While heeding stay-at-home orders and observing social distancing to slow the spread of COVID-19 is the top health priority for everyone in Far West Texas and Southern New Mexico, Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas encourages residents to make sure their sexual health is taken care of, too.
“So far this year, 155 El Pasoans have used the free chat services,” PPGT officials share. “Most of their questions have centered on birth control, pregnancy, contraception and abortion. Other questions have centered around the interactions between prescription antibiotics and birth control pills and other questions about sexual health.”
Free chat services with trained health educators are one way to prioritize resident’s sexual health without leaving home; Planned Parenthood Direct is another.
Eligible patients are able to receive birth control and UTI treatments via the smartphone app which is available in the Apple Store and via Google Play.
Text PPNOW to 774-636 The service is free, but standard message and data rates may apply. Chat online chat via this link.
Health Educators are available at the following times:
Mondays – Thursdays: 7am to 9:30pm MDT
Fridays: 7am to 8pm MDT
Saturdays: 7am to 3pm MDT
Sundays: 10am to 9:30pm MDT
During COVID-19, Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas’s El Paso Health Center is open for patients with time-sensitive healthcare appointments.
Like all healthcare providers during the pandemic, Planned Parenthood is not scheduling appointments that can be safely delayed.