***The STI Clinic is moving. Effective August 22, 2016---Please call (517) 887-4424 for appointments.
The mission of the Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) Program is to reduce and prevent the transmission of STI/HIV infections in our county. We accomplish this by providing clinical services in the strictest of confidence to all county residents who seek care and/or education for the prevention of STIs. While trying to continue to offer services at a low and/or no cost, we ask for clients who are able to provide a donation.
All persons are assured confidential STI services, which includes counseling, testing and treatment for persons who present a risk during a risk assessment and/or test positive for a STI. The risk assessment helps to identify sexual behaviors and other risky behaviors that increase the chances of becoming infected with a STI. Our program also strives to be a leader and resource for health care in and around Ingham County by providing technical assistance, prevention education, and the promotion of collaborative opportunities.
The term sexually transmitted infections (STI) and sexually transmitted diseases (STD) are used interchangeably to cover diseases that are spread through sexual activity. Anyone can have a STI. Sexually transmitted infections are almost always spread from person to person during sexual activity. These infections are most easily spread during vaginal, anal and oral sex. Some STDs can also be spread through blood, particularly among intravenous (IV) drug users who may be sharing drug equipment (needles, syringes, or "works"). In addition, pregnant women with STIs may pass their infection to infants in the uterus (womb), during birth or through breastfeeding.
Many people with STIs have no symptoms. Without treatment these infections can lead to major health problems such as not being able to get pregnant (infertility), permanent brain damage, heart disease, cancer and even death.
If you think you have been exposed to a STI, you and your sex partners should visit your primary care physician or the health department for testing and treatment.