Sexually Transmitted Infections Program
The mission of the Huron County Health Department Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) Program is to reduce the number of STI's through diagnosis, treatment, and education. The program operates on an "as-needed" basis. Authority is given to the Public Health Department according to Public Act 368 of 1978 (revised, October 1993).
What is STI?
STI stands for sexually transmitted infections. Every year more than 12 million cases are reported in the United States. Because the infections often cause few or no symptoms and may go untreated, both men and women are at risk for complications from STI's. In women, STI's may lead to ectopic (tubal) pregnancy, infertility, chronic pelvic pain, cervical cancer and poor pregnancy outcomes. In men, STI's may lead to sterility, inflammation of the testicles, painful ejaculation and urination, and chronic prostate infection. STI's include chlamydia, pelvic inflammatory disease, gonorrhea, HIV, herpes simplex virus, human papillomavirus and syphilis.
Condom Effectiveness and Reliability
When used consistently and correctly, latex condoms are very effective in preventing a variety of STIs, including HIV infection. Most cases of condom failure probably result from incorrect or inconsistent use.
1. To reduce the incidence of STI's among residents of Huron County
2. To make available comprehensive STI services to persons with economic or other access
problems who are unable to secure comparable services.
3. To avert the incidence of sterility as an outcome of STI's.
4. To provide high quality and individualized care consistent with the unique needs of
each person participating in the program.
5. To educate the general public toward an understanding of STI's.
Individuals requesting STI services will be tested, given appropriate treatment and educated regarding selected STI's. Partners of individuals found to be positive for a reportable STI will be notified in a confidential manner by a public health nurse. Identities of the source individual will be kept confidential. Primary prevention is based on the identification of individuals whose behaviors put them at risk. Education is provided to:
1. Help change those sexual behaviors
2. Help individuals avoid unknowns that may put them at risk
Description of Services
1. The Huron County Health Department provides a comprehensive STI program in a way that
protects a client's dignity, privacy and confidentiality.
2. All services are provided despite race, religion, age, sex, or disabilities.
3. The STI clinic provides each client with a risk assessment.
4. The client has an intake interview with a nurse practitioner or an RN who is trained in
the education and treatment of STI's.
5. The STI clinic may also test and treat syphillis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia.
Hours of Service
By Appointment Only.
Monday through Friday - 8 a.m. to 12:00 noon and 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
(989) 269-9721, ext. 141 or ext. 162
Eligibility and Cost
STI education and information is available for all citizens.