Sexually Transmitted Infections

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are infections that can be spread by having sexual contact (anal, vaginal, or oral) with another person who is infected. Most STIs are curable, although some are not. Many people who have been infected with a STI don’t even know it. They may look and feel healthy, but they still could be infected.

Furthermore, some people who have been diagnosed will not share this information with their partner(s). It is your responsibility to employ good judgment, use preventative measures, and be tested if you suspect that you have been infected.

Practicing safe sex can cut down on the spread of STIs but not totally prevent them. To decrease risk:

  • Abstain from sexual contact—anal, vaginal, or oral.
  • Engage in a monogamous relationship in which both partners agree to be faithful sexually.
  • Use condoms made of latex or polyurethane.
  • Include STI testing as part of your regular medical checkup, especially if you have changed partners or have more than one partner.
  • Don‘t drink alcohol if there is a chance of unintended or unwanted sexual activity.
  • Get vaccinated for hepatitis A and B.

Oaklawn Medical Group- Albion

302 North Monroe (across from Biggby Coffee Drive thru)
Albion, MI 49224

Express Care (walk-in)
11am-8pm, 7 days per week

Family Medicine (by Appointment)
8am-5pm, Monday-Friday

Calhoun County Health Department (Albion office)

214 East Michigan (across from Biggby Coffee.)
Albion MI 49224
Phone: 517/629-9434

Walk-in hours for STI, HIV, and Pregnancy testing

HIV testing is available free of charge.

Jackson County Health Department

1715 Lansing Ave.
Jackson, MI 49202
Phone: 517/788-4420

Call first for availablity as hours are subject to change without notice.

Cost: HIV and pregnancy testing is free.

Planned Parenthood of Jackson

2009 W. Michigan Ave. (across from Westwood Mall)
Jackson, MI 49202
Phone: 517/784-1700

Seen by appointment only

Call for more information and prices.

Web Resources

Go Ask Alice at
Go Ask Alice is the health question and answer Internet service produced by Alice! Columbia University’s Health Education Program – a division of Health Services at Columbia.

Remember: Sometimes symptoms do not show up for weeks or months.

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