Cares Sexual Wellness Services is a sexual health organization that provides free wellness resources for those in Southwest Michigan and is the only community-based non-profit AIDS organization that serves 10 counties in Southwest Michigan.
Cares aims to empower individuals to navigate their own sexual wellness without feeling judgment or shame, and they offer services such as HIV & STI testing, support groups, PrEP access, free condoms, and more.
Offered at the YWCA through Bronson Hospital , Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) exams are free of charge and available 24/7 for persons who have been sexually assaulted or have concerns of sexual abuse. SANEs are confidential. The nurse examiners provide uninterrupted exams in a quiet, private, and comforting examination room. Eligible criteria are that the assault/concern for happened within 120 hours, the patient is able to consent and wants to see the SANE team.
What to expect at a SANE exam:
Collection of detailed medical history.
Head-to-Toe examination looking for areas of injury or abnormalities.
Provided medication (Rocephin injection, Zithromax and Flagyl by mouth) for most common STI’s (Chlamydia, Gonorrhea and Trichomonas).
Provided HIV prophylaxis starter pack (4-day), and testing throughout the remaining time on starter pack
Lab work ensures safety in continued treatment after starter pack ends
Suggested lab work with continued treatment
Offered emergency contraception (i.e. Plan B)
If desired, collection of potential DNA evidence to provide to Law Enforcement for testing at the Michigan State Police Crime Lab.
Patients DO NOT have to speak with police to obtain medical care.
Swabs can also be kept in SANE storage while patient decides if they want to proceed with giving them to Law Enforcement for testing.
Provided follow-up recommendations, counseling, and safety planning
Who’s in the room?
A supportive advocate is present throughout the entire exam, if desired. This individual can provide emotional support and resources to the victim-survivor.
A registered nurse trained in medical forensic care
Planned Parenthood offers reproductive health care, sex education, and other information regarding similar topics to people all over the world. The organization aims to advocate for public policies that guarantee the rights and access to the services and education the organization can provide.
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