Free condom delivery: Michigan health officials launch safe sex program amid COVID-19
BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services launched a new condom delivery service to help people stay protected against unintended pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections and HIV during the COVID-19 outbreak.
“We were really kind of glad to see the state come out with this program,” Calhoun County Public Health Department Choices Clinic Nurse Practitioner Michelle Thorne said. “This has been kind of an ongoing issue since we got into this stay-at-home order.”
The Calhoun County Public Health Department typically provides free condoms for people who need them, but, with county buildings closed, people haven’t had access to that service.
This new service from the state provides people who may not have access to condoms or be able to go to the store to buy them with another option.
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Michigan residents are able to get the condoms by emailing the department with their name and mailing address.
“This is a great option if people are in need and can’t go to the store and get them,” Thorne said. “You ask, and they will come.”
The condoms arrive in a padded envelope with no logos and no label, according to Lynn Sutfin, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services public information officer.
“It’s completely anonymous,” she said.
The envelope contains 10 condoms and 10 individual packages of lubricant.
“Even during this public health crisis, we want people to be able to prevent unintended pregnancies, sexually transmitted infections and HIV,” Sutfin said.
The Michigan Department of Human Health and Services also has more information about sexually transmitted infections available on its website.
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