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Genesee County extending teen sexual health clinic to some Saturdays

Gonorrhea and chlamyida cases are rising among teenagers in the county
Genesee County Health Department
Genesee County Health Department(source: WJRT)
Updated: Jun. 9, 2021 at 3:38 PM EDT
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FLINT, Mich. (WJRT) - Teens in Genesee County are eligible for an extended family planning and sexual health clinic offered one some Saturdays beginning this week.

The Saturday clinic for residents age 19 and younger offers the same confidential services from the Genesee County Health Department that are available Monday through Friday to all adults at the Burton Branch. Teens who come for advice on sexual health are eligible for a gift card and gift bag.

The health department says 23.5% of gonorrhea cases and 33.6% of chlamydia cases in Genesee County were reported in teens age 19 and younger as of 2019. Gonorrhea cases among that age group increased by 52.5% from 2020 to 2021.

The teen pregnancy rate for females age 15 to 19 in Genesee County was 35.5 per 1,000 people in 2019, which exceeds the state average of 25.8 per 1,000 people.

The health department is offering the teen clinic to reduce sexually transmitted infections and the teen pregnancy rate. Services include counseling, pregnancy testing, birth control, emergency contraception, STI testing or treatment and HIV help.

There is no cost for any of the services and nobody will be denied based on their ability to pay, but staff may request health insurance information as an option.

The teen sexual health clinic is open from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturdays at the Burton Branch, 3373 S. Saginaw St. Call 810-237-4538 to schedule an appointment or to request more information.

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