Kent County Health Department to offer free STD testing

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. - According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 20 million new sexually transmitted infections occur in the United States each year.

The CDC also says half of all sexually active young people will get a sexually transmitted disease by age 25.

Because of these statistics and in recognition of National STD Awareness Month, the Kent County Health Department is offering free "walk in" urine testing for Gonorrhea and Chlamydia this week.

The tests will be offered at the clinic at 700 Fuller NE, in Grand Rapids, Monday, April 17, through Friday, April 21, between 8:45 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. On Thursday, testing will only be available in the afternoon.

KCHD is also offering free HIV testing for those who are at risk and offering referrals to clients for tests that are not available.

More information about STDs can be found at www.cdc.gov/std.

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Kayla Fortney is a digital producer at WZZM 13. Have a news tip? Email news@wzzm13.com, visit our Facebook page or Twitter.

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