Sterling Heights is Detroit’s second-largest suburb, but it is very different from Detroit. Its STD rates are lower. In 2017, there were 102 people living with HIV or AIDS in Sterling Heights, with 96% of cases under viral suppression.
Macomb County’s HIV prevalence rate in 2016 was 142.3 per 100K people. In 2017, Macomb County had 3,426 chlamydia cases, at a rate of 393.2 per 100K people. There were 916 gonorrhea cases and 106 syphilis cases.
While much lower than Wayne County’s rates, those numbers are rising and need to come down. 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.”
As many STDs are asymptomatic in the early stages, all sexually active people need to be tested often.
Sterling Heights has some STD-testing clinics, and there are more options in the surrounding areas. The Tri-County Medical Clinic on Dequindre Rd provides testing for HIV, HPV, hepatitis, and herpes. Northland Family Planning on 17 Mile Rd offers screening and treatment for chlamydia, gonorrhea, and herpes, and they offer the HPV vaccine.
MedPost Urgent Care of Sterling Heights on Van Dyke Ave provide STD screenings. Check the community calendar to see if there are any free STD testing events coming up.