Many health officials say that the rapid rise of chlamydia and gonorrhea diagnoses in Kalamazoo County is due to better and more accessible testing, and probably more thorough testing than many other counties in Michigan. But let’s not celebrate until those numbers go down.
In 2015, the rates for chlamydia and gonorrhea were 823 and 249 per 100K people, and young people formed the age group with the most infected people.
Health officials blame “hook-up aps” and improper (or no) use of protection. Also many young people, due to insufficient sex education, do not use protection during anal and oral sex, which they don’t consider “real sex.” In 2017, Kalamazoo County had an HIV rate of 138 per 100K people.
But there are options available in Kalamazoo, including at least one charitable organization that offers free STD testing for HIV only. You can be tested at the Kalamazoo County Health and Community Services STD Clinic on Gull Rd or Planned Parenthood on Michigan Ave. The latter tests for all STIs and treats all but HIV. And Western Michigan University’s Sindecuse Health Center provides evaluation and treatment for all STIs.