Surge in reported STDs prompts condom campaign comeback

WEST MICHIGAN - With an increase in reported STDs, the Wear One campaign has come back in full-swing.

The Ottawa County Department of Public Health has released some monthly and quarterly reports on the increase of communicable diseases in West Michigan, specifically sexual transmitted diseases and infections.

According the monthly report, nearly 150 new reported cases of STI's such as genital Chlamydia and Gonorrhea have occurred, thus prompting a reemergence of the Wear One Campaign. So far, the campaign has distributed over 100,000 free condoms.

Wear One was developed to increase the availability of free condoms, create awareness and promote acceptance of condom use in individuals 18-24 years of age. 

The Department of Public Health reports that the main goal of this campaign is to decrease the number of STIs and unplanned pregnancies in West Michigan. Some other goals are to remove barriers such as cost, embarrassment, and lack of access. 

There are a number of participating locations in Allegan, Jenison, Grand Haven, Holland and near Grand Valley State University's Allendale campus.

For more information and a full list of locations, check the Department of Public Health's Sexual Health Education webpage. 

Wear One – Free Condom Pick-up Locations in Ottawa County, Mich. (via YouTube)

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