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Philadelphia Center expands testing, treatment services

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Shreveport's Philadelphia Center launched its new PC Wellness Center Thursday.

With help from the Louisiana Wellness Center Project, the center at 2020 Centenary Blvd. will provide free STD testing and treatment to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community members.

"We're trying to get as many people in the neighborhood as possible to get tested so they can know their status, and we can link them to care and other services," says recruitment specialist Jonathon McCray.

This center joins the growing list of locations, including offices in Baton Rouge, Monroe and New Orleans. Organizers say Shreveport needed its own location.

"It fills a huge need," says project coordinator Eric Evans. "One reason is- in Shreveport- the CDC has reported they have a huge STD problem. So we need to try to keep that under control. We're also going to be offering free treatment."

PC Wellness Center will open the second and fourth Thursday each month from 6-9 PM.

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