BURTON, MI — The Genesee County Health Department will begin offering reproductive and sexual health services for teenagers only during special clinics starting this Saturday, June 12.

The county announced the clinics in a news release, and a spokesman for the Health Department said officials hope the program on the second Saturday of each month makes those 19 and younger more comfortable about accessing services.

“Anything we can do to make individuals more comfortable … That’s what we want to do,” said Brad Snyder, a public health supervisor for the county. “What we want to do is focus on our priority populations. We’re always trying to think of new, innovative ways to reach this priority population.”

The clinics will be at the Health Department’s Family Planning & Sexual Health Clinic, located at 3373 S. Saginaw St., in Burton.

Services that are available to all county residents at the clinic during regular hours will be available during the teen clinic, the county announcement says, and those who visit will also be eligible to receive a free gift card, food, and gift bag.

The county said sexually transmitted infection and pregnancy data from 2019 shows that 23.5 percent of gonorrhea cases and 33.6 percent of chlamydia cases here occurred in those aged 19 and younger, “highlighting the need for increased sexual and reproductive health access and awareness for teens.”

Preliminary data for 2021 shows cases of gonorrhea and teen pregnancy are increasing in the county, the Health Department said, and are higher than in Michigan as a whole.

A full list of services and more information can be found at www.gchd.us/WeGetIt.

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