New Jersey Family Planning League (NJFPL) is committed to providing quality family planning and related health services to all New Jerseyans who need them. We support 10 agencies that operate nearly 50 health centers in all 21 counties.
Check with your local health center to learn more about available family planning services. These may include:
- Family planning counseling and education
- Birth control methods
- Pelvic exams
- Cervical, breast, testicular, and prostate cancer screening
- Pregnancy testing and counseling
- Basic infertility services
- Sexually transmitted infection (STI or STD) testing, prevention, education, and treatment
- Screening for HIV, PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) assessment and other services
- Referrals to other health and social services
Did you know
Family Planning Services are for people of all genders and ages. To find a health center near you check out our Find A Health Center page.
STI and HIV screenings are just one of the many services that NJFPL supported health centers provide. Check out our other services.
There are lots of ways to lower your risk of HIV and AIDS. You can:
- Use condoms every time you have sex
- Practice abstinence
- Avoid intravenous drugs
- Take PrEP
What Is PrEP and How Does It Work?HIV is a retrovirus, which means it sneaks its DNA into immune cells and takes them over. PrEP is a daily medication that stops HIV from multiplying in your body. Here are a few things to know about PrEP. The PrEP drugs don’t stay in your body very long, so they are most effective when you take them every day. PrEP also doesn’t prevent other STIs or unintended pregnancies, so you still have to use a condom when you have sex and avoid sharing needles.
Who Is PrEP for?You should take PrEP if you:
- Have an HIV-positive partner
- Have multiple sexual partners or a partner with multiple partners and don’t know if they’re HIV-positive
- Don’t use condoms during sex
- Share needles
How Long Do You Need to Take PrEP for?It takes about a week for PrEP to build up in your system enough to be effective, and you have to take it every day for maximum protection. You can also lower your HIV risk in other ways, such as always using condoms. Maybe you’ve entered a relationship with someone who is HIV-negative and are committed to only having sex with that person. Or, you’ve stopped using intravenous drugs, which was your only risk factor. There are lots of situations where you might not want to take PrEP, and that’s ok. It’s recommended that you keep taking the drug for a month after your last exposure, but if your risk of HIV becomes lower, you can stop taking PrEP. Just be sure to talk with your healthcare provider first to make sure it’s the right choice for you.
Are There Any Side Effects of PrEP?Most people don’t get side effects from PrEP, and for the people who do, the side effects usually go away on their own after a few weeks. Side effects may include:
- Nausea and abdominal pain
- Weight loss
I Think PrEP Is Right for Me. What Now?Now that you know what PrEP is and how it can lower your risk of HIV, the next step is to talk to your healthcare provider about whether the drug is right for you. They can also help you with insurance or Medicaid coverage, or with payment assistance to make PrEP low cost or free, depending on your income. You can find a healthcare provider at any NJFPL-supported health center. Our centers operate in all 21 counties of New Jersey. Visit njfpl.org to find the most convenient center for you.
Did You Know
In 2018 the New Jersey Family Planning League family planning project prevented:
- 20,760 unintended pregnancies
- 7,010 abortions
- 2,020 chlamydia infections
Did You Know
The majority of Title X patients in New Jersey are young people, with 60 percent of patients 29 or younger.
Did You Know
Across the country, more than 4 million people annually rely on Title X for affordable sexual and reproductive health care services – including nearly 110,000 here in New Jersey.
NJFPL is proud to announce the launch of our new website, which focuses on providing easy access to health center locator, along with helpful information about services provided by the health centers.