Ottawa County houses Jenison, one of its incorporated communities, and has displayed variating STD data over the past years. New HIV cases in 2017 were 112 positive diagnoses and remained constant in the two following years.
Chlamydia cases were the highest over the years. The county government recorded 981 infections at a rate of 342.31 per 100, 000 population in 2017. The count decreased slightly to 918 positive diagnoses at a prevalence rate of 316.76 in 2018. There was yet another decrease in 2019 to 802 new infections.
New gonorrhea cases recorded in 2017 were 136 at a prevalence of 47.46. The count hiked to 181 at an occurrence rate of 62.46 per 100,000 residents in 2018. 2019 showcased a slight decrease, recording 161 new infections at a prevalence rate of 55.17.
Primary and Secondary Syphilis cases increased from one infection recorded in 2017 at a prevalence rate of 0.35 to five at a rate of 1.73 per 100,000 people in 2018. The numbers dropped to three in 2019, with the rates displayed being 1.03 per 100,000 persons.
Ottawa County Department of Public Health has developed plans and programs to bring down the increasing STD cases in the county.
The Healthy Michigan Plan provides low-priced health insurance coverage to eligible low-income earners seeking STD services such as treatment and testing.
The Wear One campaign facilitates the provision of free condoms at various pick-up locations in the county.
Planned Parenthood – Irwin/Martin Health Center of Grand Rapids, MI, Georgetown Medical Center, and The Grand Rapids Red Project are some facilities offering STD services in the Jenison area.
Free STD testing may be a possibility in some of the centers, albeit with inconveniences such as long wait times and lack of doctor consultation services.