Midland County health department recognizes STD Awareness Week

Midland County Department of Public Health is marking Sexually Transmitted Diseases Awareness Week by offering free walk-in STD testing and offering protection.

STD Awareness Week provides an opportunity to raise awareness about STDs and how they impact our lives; reduce STD-related stigma, fear, and discrimination; and ensure people have the tools and knowledge to prevent, test for, and treat STDs.

“We’re promoting awareness and empowering individuals to seek testing,” said Midland County Health Officer Fred Yanoski.

The health department is providing free walk-in STD testing 1-4 p.m. on Wednesday, April 13 and Thursday, April 14 at the second floor of the Midland County Services Building.

No appointment or visit with a nurse is necessary. This testing will screen for the two most common STDs: chlamydia and gonorrhea. All tests are confidential and results are available in about a week. Additional testing is available by calling the health department at 989-832-6380.

“It’s always important to get tested,” Yanoski stated. “STDs can cause serious health problems if you don’t get treatment. By testing, you can find out if you have an issue and can avoid spreading it to others.”

In 2021, Midland County had 155 cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis, according to the Midland County Department of Public Health.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in the U.S. almost half of all new infections in 2018 were among people ages 15-24. One in two sexually active people will get an STD by the age of 25 if sexually active. People can lower their risk of getting an STD several ways, including by properly using a condom. All STDs, even HIV, are treatable, and most are curable. The sooner a person get tested, the sooner they can take action to protect their health and the health of their partner(s).

The Midland County Department of Public Health is also offering Take Cover!, a free condom distribution program made possible by partners in the community. The health department supplies the condoms, and the community business partners serve as a point of distribution. Participating locations include the following:

  • Midland County Health Department, 220 W. Ellsworth St., Midland
  • Espresso Milano, 137 Ashman St., Midland
  • Bay County Health Department, 1200 Washington Ave., Bay City
  • Bay Community Health Department/Health Clinic, 1200 Washington Ave., Bay City
  • Blackball Tattoo, 3126 Jefferson Ave., Midland
  • 702 Bar, Jefferson Ave., Midland
  • Proper Taco, 139 Ashman St., Midland

To learn more about STD Awareness Week, visit www.cdc.gov/std/saw

To learn more about Take Cover, visit www.co.midland.mi.us/HealthDepartment/TakeCover