Michigan is fortunate enough to rank lower in nationwide statistics for STDs – only places as the 23rd most sexually diseased states – but even here the epidemic of sexually transmitted diseases is being felt.
In Kent County, as elsewhere, STD rates have been climbing.
Between the years of 2007 and 2011 there were an average of 3,299 chlamydia cases, 902 gonorrhea cases, and 34 syphilis cases. By 2017 these numbers increased to an alarming 4,208 cases of chlamydia, 1,123 cases of gonorrhea, and 104 cases of syphilis.
Breaking down the stigma around sexual health and having frank discussions with your partners is a vital step to managing your own health and being part of the solution to these issues – exactly what The STD Project is aiming to accomplish. Michigan law allows for Expedited Partner Therapy (EPT), as well, meaning those who test positive can receive prescriptions from physicians to bring home for their partners.
What’s the best way to stay healthy? Get tested! Grand Rapids has many options: from the Grand Rapids Red Project on Hall Street, to the Kent County Health Department on Fuller Avenue, and the Pregnancy Resource Center on Cherry Street Southeast.
You also have the option of free STD testing, though not everyone will qualify for this service.