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Detroit Clinic

Monday - Friday: 9:00AM - 4:00PM (Last Test Conducted at 3:30pm)
Visitors arriving after 3:30PM who do not have an appointment will be referred to the
 Detroit STD Clinic and/or offered to schedule an appointment.

This service is FREE
Appointments are encouraged and will take priority. Walk-ins are accepted.
Fridays Are By Appointment Only.
Please call us at 313-446-9800 or 800-872-2437 to schedule your visit.

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Ferndale Clinic

1st and 3rd Thursdays: 5:30PM - 8:00PM
2nd and 4th Saturdays: 1:00PM - 4:00PM

This service is FREE
Walk-ins are accepted.

Ferndale Clinic Location

 

Chlamydia

What Is Chlamydia?

Chlamydia is a bacterial infection that’s easily cured with antibiotic medicine. It’s one of the most common STDs, and most people who have Chlamydia don’t show any symptoms.

How Common Is It?

Extremely. Close to 3 million Americans get it every year, most commonly among 14-24-year-olds.

How Is It Transmitted?

Chlamydia is usually spread during sexual contact (vaginal, anal, and oral sex) with someone who has the infection. The main ways people get Chlamydia are from having vaginal sex and anal sex, but it can also be spread through oral sex. The infection is carried in semen (cum), pre-cum, and vaginal fluids. Chlamydia can infect the penis, vagina, cervix, anus, urethra, eyes, and throat.

Chlamydia can also be spread to a baby during birth if the mother has it.

Chlamydia isn’t spread through casual contact, so you CAN’T get chlamydia from sharing food or drinks, kissing, hugging, holding hands, coughing, sneezing, or sitting on the toilet.

What About Symptoms?

Signs and symptoms can often be overlooked and many people with Chlamydia don’t have any symptoms at all. If you do get symptoms, you may not notice them until several weeks after infection. In others it can take a number of months or until the infection spreads to other parts of the body. 

Symptoms for women include:
  • an increase in vaginal discharge caused by an inflamed womb (cervix)
  • pain or burning when urinating (peeing)
  • pain during sex and/or bleeding after sex
  • pain in the lower abdomen – especially when having sex
  • bleeding between periods and/or heavier periods
  • pain, discharge or bleeding in the anus.
Symptoms for men include:
  • a white, cloudy or watery discharge from the penis
  • pain or burning when urinating (peeing)
  • pain and/or swelling in the testicles
  • pain, discharge or bleeding in the anus (bottom).
Symptoms for women and men include:
  • inflammation (redness) of the eye (called conjunctivitis) caused by infected semen or vaginal fluid getting into your eyes.
How Do I Get Tested?

A healthcare professional will ask for a urine (pee) sample.

For women, a swab may be taken from the lower part of the womb (cervix) or the vagina. For men, a swab may taken from the tip of the penis (urethra). If you’ve had anal or oral sex, you may have a swab taken from the rectum or throat.

Contact us today for more information and our screening process:

313-446-9800 or 800-872-2437

What If I Have Chlamydia?

Chlamydia is usually easily treated with a short course of antibiotics.

Whether you have symptoms or not, don’t have sex until you and your current sexual partner/s have finished treatment. Ask your healthcare professional when it’s safe to have sex again.

If you’ve had Chlamydia and been treated you’re not immune – this means you can get infected again.

Gonorrhea

What Is Gonorrhea?

Gonorrhea is caused by a bacteria and used to be known as 'the clap' or the 'drip'. It’s sexually transmitted, and most people with Gonorrhea don’t have symptoms.

How Common Is It?

Very common. Gonorrhea is the second most commonly reported notifiable disease in the United States, especially among young people ages 15-24 years.

How Is It Transmitted?

Gonorrhea is spread through vaginal, anal, and oral sex. The infection is carried in semen (cum), pre-cum, and vaginal fluids. Gonorrhea can infect your penis, vagina, cervix, anus, urethra, throat, and eyes (rare).

Gonorrhea can be passed on very easily and you can get it from:

  • vaginal, anal or oral sex without a condom or dental dam, with someone who has gonorrhoea (even if they don’t have symptoms)
  • sharing sex toys without washing them and covering with a new condom each time they are used
  • close genital contact – this means you can get gonorrhoea from someone if your genitals touch, even if there is no penetration, orgasm or ejaculation

It’s also possible to have a Gonorrhea infection in your eye, if your eye comes into contact with semen or vaginal fluids from someone with the infection. This, however, is rare.

Pregnant women with Gonorrhea can pass the infection on to their babies at birth.

What About Symptoms?

Signs and symptoms can also often be overlooked and many people with Gonorrhea don’t have any symptoms at all (or they are very mild). If you do get symptoms, you may not notice them until several weeks after infection. In others it can take a number of months or until the infection spreads to other parts of the body. 

Symptoms for women include:
  • Painful or burning sensation when urinating
  • Increased vaginal discharge
  • Vaginal bleeding between periods
Symptoms for men include:
  • a burning sensation when urinating
  • a white, yellow, or green discharge from the penis
  • painful or swollen testicles (although this is less common)
Rectal infections may either cause no symptoms or cause symptoms in both men and women that may include:
  • discharge
  • anal itching
  • soreness
  • bleeding
  • painful bowel movements
How Do I Get Tested?

Most of the time, urine can be used to test for Gonorrhea. However, if you have had oral and/or anal sex, swabs may be used to collect samples from your throat and/or rectum. In some cases, a swab may be used to collect a sample from a man’s urethra (urine canal) or a woman’s cervix (opening to the womb).

Contact us today for more information and our screening process:

313-446-9800 or 800-872-2437

What If I Have Gonorrhea?

Gonorrhea can be cured with the right treatment. It is important that you take all of the medication your doctor prescribes to cure your infection. Medication for Gonorrhea should not be shared with anyone. Although medication will stop the infection, it will not undo any permanent damage caused by the disease.

Antibiotic-Resistant Gonorrhea

It is becoming harder to treat some Gonorrhea, as drug-resistant strains of Gonorrhea are increasing. If your symptoms continue for more than a few days after receiving treatment, you should return to a health care provider to be checked again.

Chlamydia, Gonorrhea and HIV

Having an STI can increase your risk of getting HIV. This is because most STIs cause sores or lesions that make it easier for HIV to enter the body.

If someone living with HIV also has Chlamydia or Gonorrhea, their viral load will increase, which will make them more likely to pass on HIV if they have sex without a condom, even if they are taking HIV drugs (antiretrovirals).

However, if they have an undetectable viral load (because of antiretrovirals) there is no evidence that Chlamydia or Gonorrhea make you more likely to pass on HIV.

If someone is taking antiretrovirals it is important to discuss with their doctor how treatment may interact with their HIV treatment.

Prevention

Use a new male or female condom or dental dam every time you have vaginal, anal or oral sex.

Use a new dental dam or latex gloves for rimming and fingering (exploring your partner’s anus with your fingers, mouth or tongue) or use latex gloves for fisting.

Cover sex toys with a new condom and wash the toys after use.

Limit the number of sexual partners you have, remember to use a new condom for each partner, and have regular STI tests.

Be open to having a discussion with any potential sexual partner about their status and sexual health before having vaginal, anal or oral sex. 

Resources and Additional Information