Saginaw, MI offers a multi-cultural experience with a host of museums, parks, and excellent shopping opportunities. However, sexually transmitted disease rates are in on the rise, and many who are affected are not even aware of it. It is estimated that one out of every two people will contract a sexually transmitted disease in their lifetime.
According to Saginaw County Health Department records, women are three times more likely than men to contract an STD. Both women and men between the ages of 15 and 29 are at the greatest risk.
STDs in Saginaw County occur at at rage of over 5,800 per 100,000 residents for those between the ages of 20-24 years old.
Saginaw is in what has been called Michigan’s STD belt due to the number of existing cases and rising rates. Many resources within the county are working together to provide free STD testing for many types of STDs. These include the Saginaw Health Department and Planned Parenthood, but there may be a significant wait for testing and a physician is not always available on site.
Many private physician clinics also offer STD testing, many of which are located conveniently downtown. Several Confidential Testing Centers are available in suburban areas. Saginaw is a wonderful area to work and play, and it is up to the individual to help curb the spread of sexually transmitted diseases by getting tested. This is one way everyone can do their part to make this community safe and healthy.