STD Rates in Michigan Increase; Testing Urged

Concerned young man considering STD testing.

In Michigan, more men are diagnosed with syphilis than women at a rate of 10:1. State of Michigan health officials are urging testing.

A healthy lifestyle includes sexual health. If you’ve had unprotected sex and are concerned, or are experiencing pain when urinating or in lower abdominal area, and/or have discharge from the genital area, it’s best to be tested.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has issued a Sexually Transmitted Disease report for 2017. Chlamydia and gonorrhea are the two most prevalent sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in Michigan. State health officials are urging at-risk Michiganders to be tested for STIs.

Chlamydia is caused by a bacteria and can affect both men and women. The infection is easily spread because it often has no symptoms.  In fact, 75% of men and 50% of women have no symptoms. If symptoms do occur, they typically are noticed within one to three weeks of sexual contact and can include one or more of the following symptoms:

  • pain when urinating
  • discharge and/or itching or burning in the genital area
  • pain and swelling in the genital area
  • pain in the lower abdominal area
  • pain when having sex

In Michigan, chlamydia cases are up 8% since last year and are most prevalent in those 18-24 years of age.

Gonorrhea is also caused by bacteria and is easily treated. Since last year, gonorrhea cases in Michigan increased 20%. Like chlamydia, gonorrhea has similar symptoms but also can be asymptomatic (without symptoms). If symptoms appear, they can include:

  • pain when urinating
  • discharge and/or itching or burning in the genital area
  • pain and swelling in the genital area
  • pain in the lower abdominal area
  • pain when having sex

Gonorrhea can also cause symptoms in the rectum, eyes, throat, and joints.

Syphilis is the third most common STI in Michigan and has increased 28% since last year.  Syphilis is easily treated by antibiotics when caught early. Syphilis in its early stages includes a sore on the genitals, on the anus, in the rectum, and on or in the mouth. The sores are typically firm, round, and painless. Untreated syphilis can have serious complications..

Caring doctor discussing health concerns with patient.

Many STIs are easily treated with antibiotics. Michigan Urgent Care providers give the highest level of confidentiality and professionalism during STI testing visit.

If you’re concerned that you might have been exposed to a sexually transmitted infection (STI), and are looking for an STI Testing Clinic, look no further. Michigan Urgent Care clinics offer testing for a variety of STIs (also commonly call sexually transmitted disease, or STD). Our providers and staff assure you the highest level of confidentiality, sensitivity, and professionalism during your visit.