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The purpose of the Communicable Disease (CD) Program at the Sanilac County Health Department is to investigate diseases, thereby helping to promote and protect the health of the community. 



A communicable disease is any illness or condition that can spread to one or more persons.  To view communicable disease data trends for the past three years, CLICK HERE

STI & HIV TESTING (For Females and Males)


The Family Planning Program, at the Sanilac County Health Department, offers testing for the following:

  • Chlamydia

  • Gonorrhea

  • Syphilis
    Hepatitis B

  • HIV Rapid Testing


Referrals can be made to an STI program for the following:

  • Syphilis

  • Trichomoniasis

  • Bacterial Vaginosis

  • Genital Herpes

  • Genital HPC Infection

  • Pelvic Inflammatory Disease


Other services available:

  • AIDS/HIV counseling and testing (limited)

  • Condom distribution

  • Partner services


Teens are given priority in the clinic because they have the highest rates of sexually transmitted infections.  Parent consent is NOT required.


Pregnant women are a priority in the clinic because of the long-term consequences to the mom and baby.  Pregnant women can be given treatment for infections detected through their private provider and/or if they have been exposed to an infection.  Proper documentation of infection or exposure is required.  Partner notification is completed to stop reinfection.


Clinic Hours and Location

            Sanilac County Health Department

            171 Dawson, Suite 123

            Sandusky,  MI  48471


            Phone:   810.648.4098 ext. 118


            All services are by appointment




Services are provided on a sliding scale based on income.  Inability to pay will not defer services. Insurances can be billed.


What is HIV & AIDS?

HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) is the virus that causes AIDS (acquired immune deficiency syndrome).  HIV breaks down and weakens the body’s immune system causing people to become sick with infections that normally would not affect them.  AIDS is the last stage of the HIV infection.  Both men and women can be infected with HIV & AIDS.


What are the Symptoms of HIV & AIDS?

Some people develop symptoms shortly after being infected, but on average it takes around 10 years for symptoms to appear.  The first symptoms of HIV include swollen lymph glands, slight fever, headache and muscle aches.  They may only last for a few weeks.  There are several symptoms that appear during the later stages of HIV, they include:

  • Recurring vaginal yeast infections

  • Chronic pelvic inflammatory disease

  • Periods of extreme fatigue and dizziness

  • Rapid weight loss

  • Bruising more easily than normal

  • Long lasting bouts of diarrhea

  • Night sweats and recurring fevers

  • Swollen or hardened glands

  • Shortness of breath

  • Unusual skin rashes or bleeding from skin sores

  • Numbness in limbs, loss of muscle control and strength


Is HIV & AIDS Treatable?

There are a variety of treatments but there is no cure for HIV/AIDS.  These treatments are very expensive, have serious side effects, and do not work for everyone.


What if I Don’t Get Treated?

Some people have lived for several years with HIB/AIDS without treatment.  Once HIV is in your body, however, it is continually breaking down your immune system so without treatment, it is only a matter of time before your body will no longer be able to fight the disease.


How Can I Prevent HIV & AIDS?

The only 100% sure way to prevent getting HIV/AIDS is by abstaining from sexual intercourse and from sharing needles.  Using a condom consistently and correctly can help protect you from HIV/AIDS.  Also, avoiding contact with blood and using clean sterile needles for drug injections will decrease your chances of getting HIV/AIDS exposure.

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Learn more about the facts of STDs and HIV here.

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Clinic Hours and Location

Sanilac County Health Department

            171 Dawson, Suite 123

            Sandusky,  MI  48471


            Phone:   810.648.4098 ext. 118


 All services are by appointment

 Proper ID is required for STI services


For more information regarding STI’s and/or HIV,
please visit the following sites:


Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

STD Treatment Guidelines

Health Department Partner Services

Summary of the Michigan Communicable Disease Rules

Michigan Adult HIV Confidential Case Report Form & Instructions

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