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Sexual Health

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Each time you choose another partner, your chance of contracting a sexually transmitted disease goes up dramatically:

STI testing is available through Public Health organizations at low or no cost:


City of Detroit residents:

Institute for Population Health Clinic
8904 Woodward
Detroit, MI 48202

Walk-in clinic; no appointments necessary. Must present picture ID.

Clinic hours for STI testing:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday: 8a - 4p
Wednesday: 8a - 7p

Testing available for syphilis, gonorrhea, chlamydia, trichomoniasis, bacterial vaginosis and HIV. Insurance accepted. There is a $10 fee for the uninsured, however, no one will be turned away due to inability to pay.

Results available based on testing done; same day results for HIV only, and up to 1.5 weeks for other test results.

Wayne County (excl. Detroit residents):

Wayne Health Center
33030 Van Born Rd
Wayne, MI 48184
(734) 727-7100

Testing by appointment only. Must present picture ID.

Clinic hours for STI testing:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday 8:00 - 10:30am, 12:30 – 3p
Wednesdays 11:00am - 1:30pm, 3:30 – 6p

Testing available for syphilis, gonorrhea, chlamydia, trichomoniasis (female only), bacterial vaginosis, yeast infections and HIV. There is a $10 administration fee, however, no one will be turned away due to inability to pay.

Results available based on testing done; same day results for HIV only, and 2 weeks for other test results.

Oakland County:

North Oakland Health Center
1200 North Telegraph, Building 34 East
Pontiac, 48341
(248) 858-1280

South Oakland Health Center
27725 Greenfield Road
Southfield, MI 48076
(248) 424-7000

Walk-in clinic; no appointments necessary. Must present picture ID.

Clinic hours for STI testing:
Monday: 12noon - 7:30p
Tuesday through Friday: 8:30a - 4:30p

Testing available for gonorrhea, chlamydia, NGU, syphilis, trichomoniasis, and HIV. There is a $5 fee payable with cash only.

Results available based on testing done; same day results for HIV only, and up to 2 weeks for other test results.

What you should know about how sexual activity can impact your health

When you decide to have sex there are many things you should consider so that you can maintain a healthy body. The possibility of contracting a Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) or Infection (STI) is very real, and yes, it can happen to you! Be informed so you can make the best decision for your health.

Here are some facts you should be aware of:

  • There are nearly 20 million new STD/STIs every year in the United States
  • Half of all new sexually transmitted infections occur among young people aged 15-24
  • STD/STIs primarily affect young people, but health consequences can last a lifetime

Source: STD Trends in the United States, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)



STD/STIs and their Symptoms

  • Chlamydia: Chlamydia is often called “the silent disease” because it usually has no symptoms. Some women experience pain and/or vaginal discharge, but there is usually none. Some men experience discharge from penis and burning with urination.
  • Gonorrhea: If Gonorrhea symptoms occur at all, they can be mistaken for a bladder or vaginal infection in women and include painful urination and increased vaginal discharge. Men may experience a burning upon urination and/or a pus-like discharge from the penis.
  • Syphilis: The first stage of Syphilis for women often goes unnoticed. The second stage is noted by changes of skin, fever and enlarged lymph nodes. The first stage for men is swollen, non-painful ulcers on external genitalia. The second stage is also noted by changes of skin, fever and enlarged lymph nodes.
  • HIV/AIDS: Symptoms for HIV/AIDS are fever, sore throat, fatigue and swollen lymph glands. They may mimic many other diseases and must be tested for in both women and men).
  • Genital Herpes: Lesions appear at the site of infection. Also, periodic eruptions of painful blisters and ulcers occur anywhere on the body for both women and men.
  • HPV (Human Papiloma Virus): There are often no visible symptoms for HPV. Women may experience vulvar burning, itching and pain and have abnormal pap smears. Men may experience wart-like genital growths.
  • Hepatitis B: There are often no symptoms of being infected with Hepatitis B. Both women and men may experience a yellowing of the skin (often called jaundice), tiredness, dark urine and grey-colored stool.
  • PID (Pelvic Inflammatory Disease): Symptoms of PID may be like Chlamydia and Gonorrhea (see above) and in act, in women, these two diseases may lead to PID. Often symptoms are minor and mistaken for menstrual cramps.


How you can prevent Sexually Transmitted Diseases/Infections

The only sure way to avoid pregnancy or infection with an STD/STI is to practice sexual abstinence while single. If you decide to marry, select a partner who is not infected with an STD/STI and remain sexually faithful during marriage.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms and think you may have contracted an STD/STI, please seek treatment immediately, stop sexual activity, and notify all sexual partners.

This information is intended for general educational purposes only and should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional medical advice.

Source: Centers for Disease Control


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