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DETROIT – Corktown Health Center, Michigan’s first LGBTQ-focused medical home, announced it will host a contactless condom distribution event called “Safer Sex in the Time of COVID” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 9, located at 1726 Howard St. in Detroit. The health center will provide free condom packs and information on safer sex practices including the prevention of HIV and sexually transmitted infections. This event is open to the public.
“People are approaching sex in many different ways during this pandemic. Some are abstaining while others are seeking ways to practice safe sex with their partners,” said CHC Prevention Specialist Drake Collins. “We want to focus on minimizing risk as much as possible and informing the public to empower them to make the best decision for their situation.”
Participants will park in front of the building and a CHC volunteer will place the safer sex kits in their car’s trunk for a contactless delivery. A table with 6-foot distancing will provide walk-up distribution for those who may walk or bike to the location. A limited supply of other safer sex materials will be available upon request.
During the event, Corktown Health staff members will be available by phone to answer questions about safer sex concerns and to schedule telehealth or in-person patient appointments. Participants also will receive literature about the nonprofit’s Medical Care, Behavioral Health Program, Insurance Navigation, HIV and STI Testing.
“COVID-19 is further highlighting health disparities the LGBTQ+ community experiences,” said CHC Director of Program Services Valentina Djelaj. “Now more than ever, it is imperative that folks have access to the sexual health resources they need to keep themselves and their loved ones safe. We are fortunate to be able to offer these services to our community during these unprecedented times.”
For more information about CHC and its health and wellness programs, contact Corktown Health Center at 313-832-3300 or visit corktownhealth.org.