In 2017, there were 386 people living with HIV or AIDS in Flint, 81% of whom were under viral suppression; 28 people were diagnosed in 28. But health officials are worried about the people out there who still don’t know they are infected.
They say many people don’t take HIV seriously due to the misconception that it’s only a “gay” disease and, therefore, don’t think it can happen to them and don’t use protection. Every sexually active person should get tested, even if they are not experiencing symptoms. If you do turn out to be HIV-positive, there is treatment available to keep your viral load low and reduce the chances of spreading it to others.
In Genessee County, there were 2,790 chlamydia cases in 2017. There were also 965 people diagnosed with gonorrhea and 50 with syphilis.
Flint has some STD-testing clinics, including a charitable organization that provides free STD testing (you need to bring proof of income to make sure you qualify). The Genesee County Health Department recently moved its sexual health clinic to nearby Burton, but they offer STI testing on a sliding fee scale.
Planned Parenthood is located on Beecher Rd. They test for STIs and treat all of them except HIV, at a fee that depends on your income.