The Rock County Health Department reports that while African-Americans make up roughly 5% of the county’s population, African-Americans account for 25% of the chlamydia cases, 57% of the gonorrhea cases and 66% of the co-infection cases (two sexually transmitted infections at the same time). First Choice Health Center, a program of Community Action, is hosting a free testing clinic in Janesville on August 31 to help reduce those numbers.
“African-Americans are disproportionately impacted by sexually transmitted infections in the United States,” says Marc Perry, director of community programs at Community Action. “That’s all the more reason why it is critical that everyone gets tested and knows their status. When you get tested, you take control of your reproductive health.”
First Choice Health Center holds testing clinics several times a year. In 2015, 77 people were tested at three clinics in both Janesville and Beloit. Appointments are preferred, but walk-ins are welcome.
For more information or to schedule an appointment contact First Choice Health Center at 755-2438.
Wednesday, August 31 10am-6pm
First Choice Health Center
1015 Burbank Avenue (corner of Burbank and Center Ave)
Janesville, WI 53546