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Advocates for Youth does not provide psychological counseling, or medical or legal advice. No information presented herein is intended as such advice. Furthermore, Advocates for Youth complies with, and does not condone, violations of the law.

So last month I went to the Richland County Health Department to gain a first hand experience on how the Family Planning Department works. It was a very smooth and easy process (and free!). I made an appointment, arrived early and waited for my birthday to be called (they do this for privacy reasons). First they did a rapid HIV test. All it took was a drop of blood and ten minutes! Next they did a pap smear and counseled me on birth control, even gave me a free prescription! Overall the experience took less than two hours, and was extremely pleasant. I encourage more young people to call them, make an appointment, get tested, and get on birth control! Did I mention they also give out free condoms?