Battlecreek is a city full of things to do, including the zoo, Firekeeper’s casino, and Kingman Museu. According to the Michigan Department of Epidemiology, new cases of Syphilis began to rise sharply in 2016. In addition, the number of persons with HIV in addition to another sexually transmitted disease are on the rise too and rates were evenly split according to race.
Chlamydia is the most common sexually transmitted disease to occur in combination with aids. As of 2017, there were 989 new cases in Calhoun County, alone. Those in higher population areas of the county are more likely to be affected.
There were 361 cases of Gonorrhea in Calhoun County as well. These numbers are significant, when one considers that over half of the population of Calhoun County resides in Battle Creek.
Nearly 10% of the population of Calhoun County has been diagnosed with Chlamydia, making it a serious local epidemic.
Even if you have been diagnosed and treated for an STD, you can still be re-infected. Battle Creek takes the problem of STDs and HIV testing seriously. Free STD testing is available at the County Health Department, but only for those who meet certain income levels.In addition, clinic hours are limited to only 5 hours per day and there are only later hours available one day per month.
Several private options are available, such as specialty clinics on Columbia Ave. and Michigan Ave. Your choice of clinics in the Battle Creek area may depend on your insurance situation.