In Kalamazoo County, Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) make up more than 77% of the reportable communicable diseases.
Kalamazoo County has the 2nd highest ranking for Gonorrhea in the State of Michigan.
Kalamazoo County has the 2nd highest rates for Chlamydia in the State of Michigan.
STDs in Kalamazoo County are continuing to increase in incidence and prevalence.
A reduction in STD rates will only be achieved through a community wide public health initiative. This tool kit - The STD Toolkit - is the ground work for this initiative. Through the collaboration of community healthcare providers, professionals from Kalamazoo County Health and Community Services and with support from other local health departments (LHD), this toolkit has become a reality. It is designed to be a consistent and comprehensive plan for action against the increasing rates of STDs county-wide. All information provided is designed to be an evidence based tool to allow healthcare professionals, clinicians, public health workers, and community members alike to take a proactive role and to achieve control of this growing health threat.
Within this toolkit, Providers will find resources to assist with the screening, testing, treatment, education, and counseling of at risk individuals in the county. We encourage you to explore this tool and use it in your own practices and offices. Information provided will help to keep healthcare providers up to date on the latest diagnostic and treatment protocols for STDs, as well as the public health benefits and effects of early and comprehensive community intervention over time on STD rates and statistics for Kalamazoo County.
Sexual and reproductive health issues are important and critical components to the general health and well being of patients seen in all healthcare settings. However, the ability to efficiently and comprehensively provide services for STDs may be limited due to time constraints and providers' lack of comfort in doing so. This tool kit is meant to aid on both accounts, but if you have a concern and/or suspect that patients are at risk of STDs, and choose not to evaluate, test and treat these patients within your office you then have the option of referral. The KCHCS STD Clinic (269-373-5203) accepts referrals for appointments, walk-ins, and phone consultations with a STD Nurse provider five (5) days per week.
SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DISEASE (STD) CLINIC
3299 Gull Road
1st Wing, 1st Floor
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, & Friday (except holidays)
8:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Closed 12:00 - 1:00 PM
10:00 AM – 6:00 PM, Closed 1:00 – 2:00 PM
*First Tuesday of the month hours are 1:00 – 4:00 PM
HIV/AIDS COUNSELING, TESTING, EDUCATIONAL SERVICES
3299 Gull Road
1st Wing, Ground Floor, Room G-9
Tuesday, 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Thursday, 2:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Note: This toolkit is designed to be a living document; the information contained within its pages and the web page links provided will occasionally change to maintain accurate information and resources as well as to accommodate for new evidence based information, updated testing techniques and treatment protocols. As a collaborative effort, input from community members and health providers is appreciated and will be essential to its ongoing development, relevancy and overall usability.