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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?