Detroit’s northern suburbs have lower STD rates than Detroit itself does. In 2017, there were 63 people living with HIV in Troy, with 94% of cases under viral suppression.
In 2016, Oakland County had a chlamydia rate of 319.3 per 100K people, under Michigan’s rate of 462.9. The gonorrhea and (primary and secondary) syphilis rates that year were 79.6 and 5.1.
Health officials are worried because these rates are going up, particularly among adolescents. Because kids may not get sufficient sex education in school, it is imperative that parents talk to their kids about sex and STIs, no matter how uncomfortable the conversation is.
Many teens see oral sex as a good way to avoid pregnancy, but they don’t realize they can still get STIs from it. Just as condoms should be worn during sex, dental dams should be used for oral sex, but note that those do not protect you from herpes.
Troy has a few STD-testing clinics, and there are even more in the surrounding areas, including a Christian-run clinic that advocates abstinence but provides free STD testing. Tri-County Medical Clinic in Sterling Heights does screening for HIV, HPV, hepatitis, and herpes. Get Well Urgent Care of Madison Heights tests for and treats STIs.