Published: | Updated: 11.10.11
Partnership with Infertility Prevention Project Helps Address Major Public Health Problem in the State
Minneapolis, MN – Chlamydia rates are reaching epidemic proportions that threaten the health, well-being and future fertility of all Minnesotans. Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota (PPMNS) is helping address this major public health problem. As part of our work with the Minnesota Department of Health’s (MDH) Infertility Prevention Project, PPMNS is pleased to offer no-cost Chlamydia tests throughout Minnesota in November and December of 2011.
“Planned Parenthood is your partner in protecting your health and preventing STI-related infertility,” said Sarah Stoesz, President and CEO of PPMNS. “You can rely on us for accurate information, non-judgmental counseling, and preventive health care.”
Chlamydia is the most commonly reporter communicable infection in Minnesota and it is an equal opportunity disease. It affects people in Greater Minnesota, the Twin Cities, and the Suburbs. It affects teens and adults. It doesn’t discriminate based on race, religion, or ethnicity.
Chlamydia can have multiple lasting effects on a person’s health, including causing infertility. And because Chlamydia is a “silent” disease – meaning an infected person often may not show any signs or symptoms – it is critical to get tested.
The no-cost Chlamydia screenings will occur in our Greater Minnesota health centers on the following dates. For health center hours, follow the links provided:
Alexandria: Nov 9 -16
Bemidji: Nov 16 - 23
Duluth: Nov 16 - 23; Nov 30 - Dec 7
Grand Rapids: Nov 16 - 23
Mankato: Nov 9 -16: Nov 30 - Dec 7
Moorhead: Nov 9 -16; Nov 30 - Dec 7
Rochester: Nov 9 -16; Nov 30 - Dec 7
St. Cloud: Nov 30 - Dec 7
Willmar: Nov 21 - 28
Virginia: Nov 21 – 29
PPMNS is proud to play a part in making sure that Minnesotans have access to the health services and information they need in order to protect themselves. For more information on Chlamydia, visit us online or download our latest fact sheet on Chlamydia in Minnesota.
For more than 80 years, Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota has worked in our region to make sure all people have the information and the means to make free and responsible decisions about whether and when to have children. Planned Parenthood operates 20 clinics in Minnesota and South Dakota and an Online Health Center, providing quality and affordable family planning, reproductive health care services and education to nearly 64,000 women and men each year.
Visit us on the web at www.ppmns.org