What are the STI test options in Southgate,MI?

Southgate, MI is a suburban community in Wayne County, just outside of Detroit. Officials in Wayne County are concerned because cases of chlamydia and the Detroit Metro Area have reached an all-time high. In Wayne county there were 14,889 new cases of chlamydia reported in Wayne County in 2016.

The most disturbing characteristic of this data is that teens and young adults account for nearly two-thirds of all diagnosed cases of chlamydia and nearly half of all gonorrhea cases. The real concern is that even though chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis can be successfully cured with antibiotics, a large number of teen cases go undiagnosed and unreported. This sets the teen up for lifelong problems as an adult, including infertility.

Wayne County ranked 10th in the number of chlamydia and gonorrhea in the state of Michigan and the numbers continue to climb.

The government of Michigan recognized the urgent need to provide free STD testing and low-cost testing for teens in Southgate. Local Health Departments offer some free and income-based testing for STDs and HIV, but they are not readily available at all public clinics.

However, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services suggests seeing your primary care physician and getting a referral from there. This option may not be available to teens and all adults.

Many times, a physician is not available for consultation at a free clinic. In many cases, the tests do not cover all STDs or take all insurance.

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STD Statistics In Wayne County, MI



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Additional STD Test Statistics in Southgate, MI

Wayne County officials have reported that Chlamydia and Gonorrhea cases have risen in numbers, while the number of Syphilis cases decreased from 2015. Chlamydia cases increased by nearly 50%. Wayne County reported having 14,889 new cases, which is one of the highest numbers of cases in the country. The gender demographic most impacted are females, making up 42% of the cases reported. The greatest age demographic impacted are those aged 20-24 years of age. The ethnic demographic most impacted were Black, non-Hispanics.

Syphilis rates have fluctuated greatly. In 2001, they were at an all-time high with as many as 60 cases being reported in Wayne County. Then the county saw a decrease until 2006 when numbers began to climb again. Numbers continue to climb, though not as quickly as they have done in the past. Males are more likely than females to become infected. Those aged 20-24 years of age are also most likely to become infected. The ethnic demographic most impacted were Black, non-Hispanics.

Wayne County has also seen fluctuating rates when it comes to Gonorrhea cases. In 2011 the rate was 413 cases per 100,000 individuals. This was a decrease from 2008 when the number of cases was 1,166. Females are more impacted than males when it comes to the number of cases reported. Those aged 15-19 are the age demographic most impacted by Gonorrhea. The ethnic demographic most impacted were Black, non-Hispanics.

Graph of std rates in southgate michigan from 2013

STD Testing and Sexual Health Education in Southgate, MI

Michigan state law does not require schools to teach sexual education.  But HIV/AIDS education is required. As outlined in Michigan Compiled Laws, schools are also permitted to offer sexuality education instruction. This can include information on family planning, family life education, and sexually transmitted disease prevention. HIV and human sexuality education must present abstinence as “a responsible method of preventing unwanted or out-of-wedlock pregnancy and sexually transmitted disease[s]” and as “a positive lifestyle for unmarried young people.”

If offered, sexual education classes must be given only as an elective and not a graduation requirement. HIV/AIDS classes may be taught by either health care professionals or teachers who have been specifically trained in HIV/AIDS education.  School boards must create an advisory board to review all sexuality education materials and curriculum. This advisory board is required to include parents, students, educators, clergy, and health professionals.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services provides medically accurate and professional information on their website pertaining to safe sex practices. Information includes contraception, safe sex practices, and information on STIs. There is also statistical information as well as information pertaining to where to find testing and counseling help within the county.

There is also the Planned Parenthood located at the Livonia Health Center. They are located about 35-minutes from Southgate. They offer information both online and at their health canter. The center offers both written material and counseling pertaining to contraceptives choices and STIs.

Sexually Transmitted Diseases and Demographics in Southgate, MI

Southgate, Michigan fell below the county, state and nation median household income. In 2015, households in Southgate were bringing in an annual income of $52,280 as opposed to the national average of $53,889. The poverty level within the city is 11%. Women are the greatest gender demographic living in poverty. In particular, those aged 20-24 years of age. This could correlate with the fact that women in this age range are also the ones most impacted by Chlamydia and Gonorrhea.

There could also possibly be a correlation between the fact that females make less than males when it comes to their average salaries, and the fact that they are the gender demographic most impacted by Chlamydia and Gonorrhea. In 2015, males made $58,115 while females only made $44,204. This means than males were making 1.31 times more than females.

Black, non-Hispanic women also receive fewer preventative services than White, non-Hispanic women. This could correlate with the fact that Black, non-Hispanic women are one of the greatest ethnic demographics impacted by STIs. In 2015, only 4,810 Black, non-Hispanic women received preventive services while 7,862 White, non-Hispanic women received preventive services.

Black, non-Hispanics also are one of the lowest paid ethnic groups as whole. This could possibly correlate that they are the ethnic group most impacted by STIs. In 2015, the highest paid ethnic group were White, non-Hispanics making $44,788 a year. Black, non-Hispanics only made $41,263 a year.

STI Testing Resources in Southgate, MI

There is a Planned Parenthood located at the Livonia Health center, which is about 35-minutes away. Individuals are encouraged to make an appointment online. This Planned Parenthood accepts a wide variety of insurances- all of which are listed on their website. They test for Gonorrhea and Chlamydia using urine samples. Most of their STI tests also require a genital exam. Rapid HIV testing can be done by swabbing the inside of the patient’s mouth and with results in as little as 20 minutes. They offer counseling for those whose tests come back positive.

There is also the Oakwood Inkster Teen Health Center. They are located in the town of Inkster, 2.98 miles away. They are a clinic that offers free HIV testing, conventional HIV testing, conventional oral HIV testing, Chlamydia testing, Syphilis testing, and Gonorrhea testing. They also provide the Hepatitis B vaccine and the HPV vaccine. They are open to youths aged 10-21 years of age, and special education students up to 26 years of age who are residents of Wayne County.

Wayne County Department of Public Health Wayne Health Center is located 4.03 miles away. This center is in the city of Wayne. The clinic offers free HIV testing, rapid HIV blood testing, Chlamydia testing, Syphilis testing, and Gonorrhea testing. They also provide the Hepatitis B vaccine and the HPV vaccine.

Oakwood Healthcare System Taylor Teen Health Center is located directly in Southgate. They are a clinic that offers free HIV testing, conventional HIV blood testing, conventional oral HIV testing, testing for Chlamydia, testing for Syphilis, and testing for Gonorrhea. For medical services to be provided, an individual must be 10 to 21 years old. For HIV testing they must be 14 years and older.

There is also the DMC Sinai-Grace Hospital Infectious Disease Center. They are in Detroit, about 12 miles from Southgate. This clinic offers conventional HIV blood testing, conventional HIV oral testing, testing for Chlamydia, testing for Syphilis, and testing for Gonorrhea.

There is the Community Health Awareness Group located in Detroit, also about 12 miles away. They are an AIDS service organization offering a variety of testing service. These services include free HIV testing and rapid HIV blood testing.

Finally, there is the Teen Hype Youth Development Program. Located in Detroit, they are a community based organization. They offer free HIV testing, conventional HIV blood testing, rapid HIV blood testing, conventional HIV oral testing, and Chlamydia Testing. They are open to youth ages 15-21 years of age.

Better Sexual Health in Southgate, MI

Southgate, Michigan has adequate resources, testing, and treatment for the population it has. This is partly due to its close proximity to Detroit. While there has been an increase in STI’s, this does not seem to be from a lack of information provided both in an academic and medical setting. Chlamydia has seen a rise in recent years, while Syphilis rates have decreased.  Educational curriculum supports and advocates abstinence, while also promoting being smart when becoming sexually active. While there is no Planned Parenthood within the limits of Southgate, there is a center in the nearby town of Livonia. Demographics and statistics suggest that African Americans are most likely to contract an STI as well as men who are having sex with men. Women are also highly susceptible to Gonorrhea and Chlamydia. Regardless of the statistics, the best way to prevent STI’s is to either remain abstinent or practice safe sex with your partner. University and the rest of the county also provide several online resources that help educate about STI’s. One of which is: http://www.youthaidscoalition.org/std-testing-in-southgate-mi.html   

As always, if you believe you have contracted an STI, please search out a testing center and seek treatment.

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