Marquette, MI – April 6, 2021 – April is STD Awareness month in the U.S. and on our latest Upper Peninsula Health Plan Update, we heard more about it.
UPHP Clinical Coordinator Chelsea Ely explained that the month is an opportunity for people to get screened and get more information about sexually transmitted diseases or infections and their health.
Ely explained that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, estimates that one in every five people in the U.S. has an STD and young people ages 15 to 24 account for half of all STD infections.
She added that you can find much more information about STDs, visit cdc.gov/std, which has formation for parents, teens, adults, and healthcare providers.
Ely said to be tested and treated, Upper Peninsula Health Plan recommends contacting your primary care provider or local health department, and the Affordable Care Act requires most private health plans to cover these tests, so in most cases there is no cost to you.