Personal Health Services

TB & Sexually Transmitted Infections

STD Information HIV Information

Hours

Mon, Tues, Wed & Fri
8:00am-11:30am, 12:45pm-4:45pm

1st/3rd/5th Thurs of the month:
12:45pm-4:45pm

2nd/4th Thurs of the month:
10:00am-12:30pm, 1:45pm-6:45pm

  • Services are provided on an appointment basis. Please call: (616) 632-7171
  • Services are available for all persons 13 years of age or older. Minors do not need parental or guardian consent for counseling, testing, or treatment.
  • No children are allowed in the exam rooms. Children should not be left alone, with strangers, or in your car.
  • There are no fees for services at this time.
  • Personal Health Services is located at 700 Fuller Avenue, N.E. We are on the main floor. Services are not provided at any satellite clinics.
  • Condoms are offered free of charge.

Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI)

Counseling & Testing

Our clinic nurses are experienced and trained to provide confidential counseling, testing and treatment for Gonorrhea, Chlamydia, and Syphilis. Most of the time, Gonorrhea and Chlamydia testing is done with a urine sample. Syphilis is a blood test.

A nurse will see you, and ask questions about your health and what your testing needs are. It is especially important to know about any body rashes or lesions/bumps in your genital area. Services are delivered in a non-judgmental manner, so please tell the nurse what you know so you get the best care. It is important to understand your risks for acquiring a STI, and the nurse can help you identify steps you can take that may prevent future infections.

Results

STI test results are available four business days later by a private password system via a computer or telephone.

Treatment

Persons who test positive for Gonorrhea, Chlamydia, or Syphilis are offered treatment at no charge.

It is important to identify sexual partners that are also at risk and get them in to clinic for testing and treatment as well. STI's can be passed back and forth between sexual partner(s), and can even harm the health of an unborn baby.

Retesting Recommendation

It is recommended for persons who have tested positive for either Gonorrhea or Chlamydia, to get retested three months after treatment.

Referrals

We provide information on, but do not conduct testing for: Herpes, HPV/Warts, Trichomoniasis, or Bacterial Vaginitis. Occasionally, a person may come in with symptoms that are very serious and a referral to a doctor, clinic, or emergency room may be made for the best health care.

We do not do Pap smears. We encourage all sexually active woman to have a Pap smear every year or as often as suggested by your doctor.

HIV

Counseling & Testing

Our counselors are State-certified, experienced and trained to provide confidential or anonymous HIV testing in a non-judgmental manner.

A counselor will see you, and ask questions about your risk for acquiring HIV. It is important for each person to understand their risks for acquiring HIV, and a risk reduction plan can be developed to help prevent future infection.

Two ways to test for HIV: Conventional blood test or a Rapid (finger-poke) test.

Results

A person who has a conventional blood test for HIV must return for their test result. Results are made available ten days after testing.

A Rapid HIV test has a result available within 30 minutes at the same visit. You may talk to the counselor about this option.

Referrals

We provide community referrals for other identified client needs.

Partner Services (PS) are offered to all individuals who test positive for HIV. HIV can be spread to sexual partners, needle-sharing partners, or to an unborn baby. Offering testing and counseling to contacts is very important, so people may get appropriate medical care and also to help stop the spread of the disease to others.

Misc.

Travel HIV testing and documentation can be done for a $30.00 fee.

Hepatitis B & C

Counseling & Testing

Persons concerned about Hepatitis B or C testing will need to discuss their risk with a clinic nurse. Other high-risk testing criteria have been established by the State, and the nurse will let you know if we can test you.

Vaccines

Hepatitis A and B, along with other vaccinations, are available by appointment at all Kent County Health Department clinic locations.

Tuberculosis (TB) Services

Tuberculosis (TB) Services map

For TB Testing Call: 632-7200. The TB Unit is responsible for the surveillance, reporting, diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up testing to control and prevent the spread of TB.

TB clinic is held Tuesday afternoon, 1:00pm to 5:00pm. TB clinic services are provided on an appointment basis. Please call: 616-632-7190.

TB clinic is located at the Annex building, directly behind the main health department building.

There are no fees for services.

If you are known to have tested positive for a TB skin test, never get another TB skin test. If an employer is requiring a chest x-ray, please see your personal physician. TB clinic does not provide routine chest x-rays.

Latent TB Prevention Medication

Personal Health Services is located at 700 Fuller Avenue, N.E. We are on the main floor.
TB medications are not provided at any satellite clinics.

Hours

Mon. Tue. Wed. & Fri.
8:00am - 11:30am
12:45pm - 4:45pm

2nd, 4th Thursdays
10:00am - 12:30pm
1:45pm - 6:45pm

1st , 3rd, 5th Thursdays
12:45pm - 4:45pm