April 4, 2016

New Detroit Public Health Clinic now open

Wayne State University School of Medicine and Wayne State Physician Group are operating renovated clinic at 50 East Canfield

The new Detroit Public Health Sexually Transmitted Disease Clinic hosted by the Wayne State University School of Medicine and Wayne State University Physician Group opened recently at 50 East Canfield, at Woodward Avenue in Detroit, following months of renovations.

The clinic will provide screening, diagnosis, treatment and prevention services on a walk-in basis or by appointment. The general phone number for STD services is 313-577-9100.

The Detroit Public Health Tuberculosis Clinic remains open at 50 East Canfield.

The WSU School of Medicine and WSUPG have operated the Detroit Public Health Sexually Transmitted Disease control program under contract with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and in collaboration with the Detroit Department of Health and Wellness Promotion since October 2014. At that time, MDHHS awarded the WSU School of Medicine the contract for STD care and HIV prevention using federal funds originating with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in addition to state funds.

"This is an important step in rebuilding our public health infrastructure in Detroit," said Abdul El-Sayed, M.D., executive director and health officer of the Detroit Health Department. "Sexually transmitted infections remain an important health challenge in the city, one that I hope this clinic will help to address. We are thankful for our colleagues at Wayne State University for their partnership, and we look forward to working together to address the challenges."

The contract was awarded because of the international reputation of School of Medicine Dean Jack D. Sobel, M.D., a professor of Infectious Diseases and Internal Medicine, and the public health success of the WSU HIV/AIDS programs and earlier collaborations between WSU and the MDHHS.

“We are honored to be providing the highest standard of care for the men and women of our community who need it the most, and are also quite grateful to the city and state for entrusting us with this critical service,” Sobel said.

State and federal funding allows the clinic to provide basic services for uninsured persons. A financial counselor is on site at 50 East Canfield to assist eligible persons with enrollment in Healthy Michigan or Affordable Care Act Health Plans, for access to a range of health services in the future.

“We offer diagnosis and treatment of men, women and youth, including the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, for conditions our clients’ suspect is an STD,” said Professor of Medicine Jonathan Cohn, M.D., F.A.C.P., F.I.D.S.A. “Many conditions can be diagnosed and treated during the same visit. Sometimes specimens are sent to the laboratory for further testing before a diagnosis can be confirmed. Some treatments are provided through a prescription that must be filled at a pharmacy. In some circumstances, we can provide a prescription for a partner to interrupt a cycle of STD transmission.”

Cohn directs WSU’s Adult HIV/AIDS Program and MATEC-Michigan.

School of Medicine faculty from the Division of Infectious Diseases Medicine and Pediatric Immunology direct and oversee the care provided by adult and youth-oriented teams that include nurse practitioners, nurses, medical assistants, prevention counselors, public health specialists and a financial counselor. Patients needing additional services have access to primary care practices and a full array of School of Medicine faculty physicians in nearly every specialty.

Current services include:

  • STD testing and treatment for patients and their partners
  • STD screenings for anyone concerned about exposure
  • Rapid on-site HIV testing
  • HIV prevention for youth, including Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis or PrEP, a daily oral prevention medication
  • Immediate linkage with the WSU HIV treatment program

Additional services coming soon include:

  • Hepatitis B and C screening and linkage to treatment
  • Hepatitis B vaccinations
  • Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccinations
  • HIV prevention for adults, including Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis, or PrEP, a daily oral prevention medication

Service hours:

Detroit Public Health Sexually Transmitted Disease Clinic walk-ins: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Youth-friendly STD services and HIV testing and prevention also are available at the Horizons Project, University Health Center, 4201 St. Antoine, Detroit, Suite 5F, between Canfield and Mack. Walk-in hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday and Tuesday; 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday.

Appointments also are accepted. Call 313-577-9100 for information or to make an appointment.

About Wayne State University School of Medicine and Wayne State University Physician Group

Founded in 1868, the Wayne State University School of Medicine educates more than 1,000 medical students annually in Midtown Detroit. In addition to undergraduate medical education, the school offers master’s degree, Ph.D. and M.D.-Ph.D. programs in 14 areas of basic science to about 400 students annually. Wayne State University Physician Group is a nonprofit multi-specialty physician practice group in southeast Michigan, with affiliated physicians providing primary and specialty care. As faculty members of the Wayne State University School of Medicine, WSUPG doctors are at the forefront of medical science. To make an appointment at one of more than 180 locations, call 877-WSU-DOCS (877-978-3627) or visit www.upgdocs.org for more information.


Andrea Westfall
Phone: 586-871-9630
Email: awestfal@med.wayne.edu

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