Allendale is a census-designated place in Ottawa County. According to the Ottawa County Department of Public Health’s report, there was an increase in HIV infections from 105 per 100,000 persons in 2015 to 121 in 2020.
Chlamydia infections in the county increased from 708 in 2014 to 973 in 2017, followed by a slight decrease to 926 cases in 2018. The report also noted widespread Gonorrhea infections among county residents, where cases increased by more than double from 82 recorded in 2014 to 183 in 2018.
On the other hand, the overall rate of Syphilis cases slightly dropped from eight in 2014 to six cases in 2018. The decline was due to increased educational campaigns across the county.
Ottawa County health department has developed programs that may help eradicate HIV/STD infections. Such programs include HIV Prevention programs that assist with counseling, sex education, and referral services. Prevention programs enable accessibility to HIV diagnosis, condoms, treatment, and STD awareness campaigns through educational institutions and community-based partners.
Planned Parenthood – Irwin/Martin Health Center, NOCHS Urgent Care, and Metro Health GVSU Campus Health Center are among the health centers in the middle of Ottawa County that provide HIV/STD services. Clients may also opt to visit Mercy Health General Campus and Spectrum Health Zeeland Community Hospital.
Individuals might be lucky to find clinics that offer free STD testing. However, consultation might be an extra charge, and prescriptions for after test care might not be available if you’re tested positive.