Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) Control
Public Health - Muskegon County provides STD and HIV case intervention, treatment, treatment follow-up, partner services, and education. For more information call 231-724-1258.
There are 14 outreach sites where we do education:
- Baker College
- Cherry Health - Muskegon Recovery Center
- Fruitport High School
- Kalamazoo Probation Enhancement Program (KPEP)
- Mercy Life Counseling
- Mercy Prevention Practices
- Mona Shores High School
- Muskegon Community College
- Muskegon County Jail
- Muskegon County Juvenile Transition Center
- Muskegon Covenant Academy
- Oakridge High School
- Orchard View High School
- The Beat 103.7 FM
STD & HIV Testing
HIV infection is transmitted by having any kind of unprotected sex (oral, anal or vaginal) with someone that is infected. You can also be infected with HIV by sharing injection drug equipment or needles of someone infected. HIV infection can also be passed in pregnancy to the fetus in the womb or to the baby during birth or breastfeeding.
The only way to know for sure whether you have HIV is to get tested. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone between the ages of 13 and 64 get tested for HIV at least once as part of routine health care. Knowing your HIV status gives you powerful information to help you take steps to keep you and your partner healthy.
You may need to specifically ask your doctor or clinic for testing. In 15 to 20 minutes you can get results from a rapid HIV screening test, or in one week you can get results when blood is taken from your arm.
If you test positive for HIV the best way to protect your own health, and the health of others, is to begin antiretroviral (ARV) therapy. We can assist in getting you set up in care.
STD Free Antibiotic Treatment
The STD free antibiotic treatment voucher (PDF) is for use by anyone in Muskegon County who needs treatment for chlamydia or gonorrhea and cannot afford the prescription or even just the co-pay.
The voucher is only valid at participating pharmacies (listed on the voucher) and with a doctor's prescription whether it is hand carried by the patient or called in to the pharmacy by the doctor's office.
Expedited Partner Therapy
We can provide Expedited Partner Therapy (EPT). What is EPT? If you have been diagnosed with chlamydia and/or gonorrhea, we can give you medication to treat your partner(s) if your partner(s) have no insurance, no primary care physician, or is not likely to seek treatment.
Call 231-724-1258 to schedule an appointment if you seek EPT.
Once You Take Your Medication
Once you're treated for chlamydia and/or gonorrhea, it is important to:
- Abstain from sexual activity for 7 days after treatment and/or 7 days after your partner is treated.
- Inform any sex partners you had 60 days prior to your testing date so they can be treated.
- Expect a call from Public Health to do treatment follow-up and education. If you choose not to contact a past partner, ask for Partner Services where Public Health will confidentially notify that partner.
- Retest in 3 months, unless you are a pregnant female; then you should retest in 1 month (not any sooner than 28 days).