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Q. What age limit do you stop taking patients?

A. The Corner Health Center see patients aged 12-25 years old and their children.  


Q. I’m having trouble inserting and taking out my diva cup. I’m not a virgin but penetrating myself is very difficult almost impossible. It’s uncomfortable not matter what I do. I just feel pain during sex, it doesn’t feel good. I have no other sensation but pain. Is there something wrong with me?

A. It is important to find out the source of your pain. If you are between the ages of 12 and 25 you can schedule an appointment to establish care here. If needed, we will refer you to a gynecologist. If you have a primary care provider, please schedule to see them or a gynecologist. 


Q. I was sent to your website by a link on the planned parenthood website, I want to start HRT (specifically testosterone) and don’t know the process. Can I get details on it?

A. Please call our main number 734-484-3600 and ask to speak with our gender care nurse.  They will answer your questions and give you information about what is available.


Q. Does your clinic offer Plan B?

A. Plan B and Ella (both emergency contraceptives) are available at The Corner! Call 734.484.3600 to schedule an appointment and say you need plan B or Ella. It is most effective in preventing pregnancy if taken within 5 days of unprotected sex. The sooner it is taken the more effective it is at preventing pregnancy.


Q. I had gonorrhea last week and been on treatment with antibiotic for 3 days now. The doctor said that I should take it for 2 weeks and come back. So, my question is if I can masturbate, and does it hinder the treatment? I do not have any pain and yellow discharges anymore. They only told me that I should not have sex with anybody for 7 days after the finished treatment, but they didn’t say anything about masturbation.

A. It is not a problem if you masturbate during treatment for gonorrhea.


Q. My girlfriend has had stomach pain and nausea for a few days. We were intimate more than 1 month ago and I never ejaculated, and condom never broke. She thinks she could be pregnant, but we know it’s unlikely.

A. Stomach pain and nausea can be caused by many things. If your girlfriend thinks she may be pregnant, she should take a pregnancy test. She can buy one at a pharmacy or come to The Corner Health Center for a confidential visit. If her at home test is negative and she has continued nausea and abdominal pain she should be seen by her primary care provider or come to The Corner Health Center to get checked.  


Q. Can I schedule mental health appointments online?

A. For mental health appointments call the clinic to schedule at 734.484.3600. We do not offer online scheduling for all appointments at this time. You will need to see your provider first and then we can discuss how to see a mental health provider like a therapist.


Q. I need my paperwork showing I have PTSD so I can donate at bio-life. Could you help me get my paperwork?

A. If you are currently a Corner patient and need this information, please call the front desk 734-484-3600 and ask to speak with a nurse. If you are not a Corner patient, you can call to schedule an establish care appointment!


Q. I started having seizures in February (I’m in my 30’s) and they have continued to get worse since. I have multiple a week. I don’t have, and cannot afford, insurance. I can definitely not pay the price for an MRI, sleep study, EKG, and CT scan. What is my best course of action and cheapest solution to pursue?

A. The Corner Health Center serves people ages 12- 25 years old. If you are in Washtenaw County, you can contact the local health department for assistance in applying for insurance that matches your budget.  You can also contact Packard Health Center for primary care and assistance with insurance or sliding fee scale payments.


Q. I’ve had a couple people in my life come to The Corner Health Center for therapy that’s affordable, and I had a few questions about insurance and billing and things of that nature. I’m 22, so I know I’m near the cutoff, but I was hoping there was availability somewhere for new patients.

A. The Corner Health Center see patients until their 26th birthday.  If you are interested in our physical or mental health services, please call to schedule an “establish care” visit, 743.484.3600.


Q. I was looking online on my insurance website and it says The Corner takes my insurance. I have some allergy concerns and was wondering if there was a way I could take some sort of test to see what allergies I have, possibly looking into some allergy shots as well.

A. If you are 12-25 years old, please call 743.484.3600 to schedule an “establish care” visit.  At that visit you can talk about your health needs. We do have allergy specialists who see patients here regularly and you can be referred to that service.


Q. I was curious about this service. I was referred by my therapist. I need a winter coat and warmer clothes for this winter. Do I have to be a patient in order to receive help?

A. Please come to our clinic to receive that care. Patients can receive food and clothes, as patients have access to our Corner Store pantry 5 times per week. Non-patients only have access to food resources once per week. Please see our front desk to learn more.


Q. I am a student here and my doctor at home prescribed medicine for me that is a shot every two months.  I don’t want to go home just so I can get a shot.  Can someone give me the shot?

A. Please call us at 734.484.3600 and ask to speak with a nurse. We have patients who come to us for regular injections.  Hopefully, we can help though more info is needed.


Q. I am a recurring patient here. I am expecting to be kicked off my current insurance and I have never had to navigate health insurance before, so I am a bit worried. The plan I am considering has The Corner Health Center listed as out of network. I was wondering if I could receive info on what I should expect to pay for treatments at The Corner so that I can plan my insurance accordingly. I usually just receive blood tests and prescription refills though here, but I don’t know those costs without my insurance.

A. If you need assistance with insurance call 734-484-3600 and ask to speak with our Care Manager. The costs of your visits using our sliding fee scale are based on your income.  One of the patient service representatives at the front desk can give you some information on that. 


Q. I am 24 weeks pregnant and would like to make an appointment with any midwife at The Corner Health Center.

A. Please call 734-484-3600 and ask to speak with The Corner’s OB Nurse. They will help you set up an appointment. Our clinic hours are here.


Q. Which STIs (Sexually Transmitted Infections) have no symptoms but can still be transmitted?

A. STIs (Sexually Transmitted Infections) can be present without symptoms. It is recommended if you are sexually active to use condoms for protection and have regular STI testing. Here at The Corner, we offer free STI testing.


Q. Would you prescribe GAHT to a 17-year-old transgender woman with parental consent? What would be the proper steps to follow in that scenario?

A. If you are interested in Gender Affirming care at The Corner, please call 734-484-3600 to schedule an appointment. That will be an initial “establish care” appointment. That appointment will include a health assessment, brief physical exam and possibly some lab tests. Following that appointment, you would schedule to return to meet with one of our doctors who will discuss the options for hormone treatments and create a plan of care with you and your parents.


Q. Can I schedule an appointment to get checked out for headaches?

A. If you are between the ages of 12 and 25, please call 734.484.3600 to schedule an appointment. If you are under 18, we will need parent consent to be seen for headaches. People under 18 can be seen without parent consent for sexual health and mental health concerns.


Q. Can you help me get on birth control?

A. Yes, if you are between the ages of 12-25, we can help you get on birth control. Please call 734.484.3600 to schedule an appointment. 


Q. I was wondering how I can get a copy of my TB test results from last year?

A. Please call us at 734-484-3600 to get a copy of a test or medical record. 

Q. Where can I access free menstrual products?

A. Menstrual products are available to all of Corner patients in the Coner Store downstairs for free.  Patients can access the Corner Store any day of the week. SOS also has products. Clients can pick them up during their pantry hours: Tues. 1 – 6:30 p.m. and Wed. 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Or on SOS’s Resource Help Days Mon. 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Thurs. & Fri. 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.  Clients may visit SOS once a week. Hope Clinic also has free products.

Q. I am moving to Ypsilanti in August and turning 26. I have been a patient at another health center in a different state and have been on MTF HRT for a little over a year now. I have been using a sliding scale program as access to insurance has been a difficult thing for me. I am getting a three-month refill before the move is made, and I am unsure where to go to secure access to my meds after I move. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

A. Welcome to Ypsi! Corner Health sees patients ages 12-25 and their children. There are other options in the area for people 26 and older, including Packard Health Center & UM Comprehensive Gender Services. 

Q. I was curious about how long your wait time is for HRT? I’m female-to-male and have been referred to a place, but it will be a while for them to get me in. Do you take Medicaid insurance?

A. The first step for HRT is to schedule an “establish care” appointment.  After that appointment you would schedule an appointment to return to discuss HRT. Currently, it is approx. 6-8 weeks to see the healthcare provider to discuss HRT. If you are under 18-years old our scheduling will differ. And yes, we do take Medicaid. 

Q. I recently got diagnosed with ADHD, depression and anxiety. I was prescribed Wellbutrin for my ADHD from the doctor that diagnosed me but I don’t feel comfortable taking anti-depressants before attempting therapy first, especially after reading that it can cause suicidal ideations. I believe a lot of my depression and anxiety stem from my ADHD and any other issues from my past and childhood can be worked through with a therapist, and I tried communicating this with my doctor but was told to try it anyways. One of my friends recommended I visit the Corner and mentioned how welcoming and understanding everyone is here. I don’t currently have insurance and wanted to know if I could still get an appointment and maybe get help or advice.

A. Please call us to schedule an establish care visit to discuss your mental health issues.  We can also assist you with applying for health insurance. 

Q. I’m looking for a therapist and support group options for my daughter. I see you offer services for 12+; she’ll be 12 in September. Any info you have to share is much appreciated.

A. We provide physical and mental health services for people ages 12-25 and their children. We currently do not have openings with our therapists. If you would like to schedule an appointment for when your daughter is 12 please call us for an establish care visit. We can review other options for mental health support at that visit.

Q. I have shingles on my back, is it safe to have sex with my girlfriend?

A. Shingles is spread by direct contact. It is safest to wait until the lesions are completely dry and scabbed over.

Q. Should I be worried if it hurts every time I ovulate?

A. Even though it is uncomfortable there is nothing to be worried about. It’s called Mittelschmerz.

Q. I’m almost 18, my boyfriend and I talk a lot about having a baby and about how to prepare. I want to know if it’s the right time with us both working and out of school.

A. This is a good question.  Please schedule an appointment at Corner Health or with your primary care provider to talk further about this and to learn about ways to prepare yourself mentally and physically before getting pregnant.  

Q. My significant other is scheduled for parole and is going to relocate to Ypsilanti upon release. They are diagnosed with both alcohol and opioid use disorder and will require a prescription for Suboxone. Is it possible for me to schedule an appointment with the Corner to ensure this is taken care of? They will not have Medicaid at the time, but will be in the process of getting it.

A. The Corner does not currently have a substance abuse program to prescribe Suboxone.  Please contact Packard Health at 734-971-1073 to schedule an appointment.

Q. I am looking for a primary care physician and was wondering if the Corner is accepting new patients?

A. The Corner Health Center provides primary care to patients ages 12-25 years old and their children. We are welcoming new patients. 

Q. Do you guys compete tests/evaluations for dyslexia?

A. The Corner does not do evaluations for dyslexia. Please contact the UM Center for Language and Literacy. 

Q. I’m planning on getting HRT, but I don’t know anything about the costs of doing so.

A. There are costs related to clinic visits and labs and there are costs to the hormones. If you have insurance check with your insurance to see if they cover the cost of the hormones.  Most insurances cover the cost of the visits. There are also medication discount programs that can be used if your insurance doesn’t pay for it or if you do not have insurance. 

Q. My grandchild found used condom in park, thought it was a balloon and tried to blow it up. Will they catch a disease?

A. If this is a concern, please have your grandchild seen by their pediatrician.  

Q. My daughter would like to get some counseling. I am also interested in getting her an emotional support animal. I would need “proof” for our housing manager in order to have an animal in our apartment.  Is this something the Corner could help us with?

A. In general, we do not provide letters for emotional support animals. Currently, our waitlist for therapy is closed.  We do provide resources for local mental health services if your daughter is currently a patient at the Corner and is interested in counseling, she can talk to one of our primary care providers or care manager about these resources. If your daughter would like to establish care here, please schedule an appointment by calling 734 484-3600.

Q. I am a local, certified full spectrum doula and childbirth educator. I am reaching out to offer connection and to see if there is any way that I could offer assistance to the folks you care for. I am a Black, Queer, Non-binary birth worker who aims to provide care, education, and support for all folks during all reproductive and parenting outcomes. I would love to bring some business cards, connect with your staff, and potentially be community partners. I currently volunteer with UMICH’s Dial-a-doula program, along with my own practice. I would love to hear from and connect with you folks.

A. Thank you for your interest in Corner Health. We are hoping to develop a doula program at some point in the near future which would include community partners. We currently have doulas on our staff.

Q. Do you offer blood work to find out gender early?

A. If you are receiving pregnancy care at the Corner, we do offer testing to determine gender.

Q. If I need a prescription for a yeast infection pill could I just call and ask for one or is an in-person visit needed?

A. Please call our clinic and ask to speak with a nurse. Most of the time a visit is needed to diagnose and treat a yeast infection. However, there are exceptions.  

Q. I wanted to know if I could get a pregnancy test done at Corner Health Center without having health insurance and if so, what is the cost?

A. Yes, you can get a pregnancy test at the Corner without using insurance. We can work with you on the cost of the visit based on your income. Please call 734-484-3600 to schedule a visit. 

Q. So I had a quick question regarding plan B . My last period was on Feb. 22 and I had unprotected sex while ovulating and he ejaculated in me on Friday and Saturday. There was a 24-hour period during our two sexual intercourse encounters, I took plan b on Saturday after we were done . Are there any chances of pregnancy?

A. Plan B is about 95% effective if taken within 3 days of unprotected sex. That means there is still a small chance of pregnancy. If you miss your period you should take a pregnancy test . You can come to Corner Health Center for a test and to discuss the type of birth control that is right for you. 

Q. I was wondering can I get information for surgeries (Trans male)?

A. For information on surgery please contact our gender affirming care nurse. Call 734 484-3600

Q. Do you help adolescents with transgender hormone therapy? I am 17 and want to start testosterone.

A. Please call to schedule an establish care appointment to initiate and learn more about our gender-affirming care program. Since you are 17, we will need parent consent for this visit. If you would like more information and want to speak with the gender-affirming care nurse, please call us at 734-714-2275.

Q. I take Acyclovir daily for Herpes and I’m out of my medication. It was prescribed by my old primary care doctor so I was wondering if I could get a new script sent to my pharmacy so I could pick up today. Do I need an appointment first? I was last seen Jan 6.

A. In order for us to provide any medication you would need a scheduled visit.  We can get you in for an appointment within a few days and we would be happy to be your primary care provider!  Please call us at 734-714-2275

Q. So my boyfriend and I had sex today and he finished in the condom and wiped his penis off with a piece of toilet paper than put it in raw. Could I still get pregnant even though I have the Nexplanon?

A. You have chosen an excellent type of birth control. Nexplanon (the arm implant) is extremely effective (99%) at preventing pregnancy. So, it is extremely unlikely that you would get pregnant.

Q. Hello! Do you do STDs testing? If not, could you recommend me a place to request STDs testing? I have insurance, Blue Cross/Network. Please let me know.

A. Yes, Corner Health does sti testing. We have same day appointments available for testing.  Please call 734-484-3600 to schedule an appointment.

Q. Hello, I’ve been wanting to start hormone replacement therapy for a while but I’m not sure where to start with that process.

A. If you are interested in hormone replacement therapy at Corner Health Center, call to schedule an Establish Care appointment to learn more about our gender affirming care program. 

Q. So I have tested positive for Influenza A yesterday and am wondering if my boyfriend can still get sick if he comes over to my house even though 3 weeks ago he had come down with a Cold?

A. Your boyfriend could get Influenza A from you even if he recently had a cold. 

Q. If your partner has Chlamydia and you have oral sex, can you receive genital Chlamydia or just oral?

A. Chlamydia is spread with contact.  If you have oral sex, you are at risk for oral Chlamydia.

Q. How do I schedule an appointment using the website?

A. We do not currently have our website set up for scheduling. Please call us at 734-484-3600 to schedule an appointment.

Q. Can you guys get me a prescription for a UTI?

A. We do provide prescriptions for urinary tract infections. Please call to schedule an appointment for evaluation of a UTI.

Q. How much dose it cost to get an STI test without insurance?

A. We have a sliding fee system for people without insurance . We also assist in the process of obtaining insurance. We do not turn anyone away from care.

Q. How long/what would go into a first appointment for someone looking to start HRT? My work hours are during your business hours during the week so calling to set up an appointment is difficult but I’d like to plan ahead.

A. To begin the process of starting HRT you would schedule a New Patient appointment and indicate you are interested in hormone therapy. This appointment is a general establish care visit.  It is available 9-5 M-F and until 6pm on Tuesdays. After that appointment, you will schedule a return appointment with one of the doctors who prescribes hormones.  Those appointments are currently being scheduled 6-8 weeks out and are typically on Tuesday mornings. The process is different for people 16 years and younger.

Q. Does the Corner provide free condoms?

A. Yes, we provide free condoms.  You can walk right in and take a brown bag right below the check-in window at any time during open clinic hours.

Q. I have ureaplasma and slept with a person who has HIV. She says it’s undetectable but things just happened. Do I have HIV?

A. Please contact Unified for information regarding your exposure to HIV.

Q. Can I get my birth control taken out with out my parent?

A. In the state of Michigan , as a minor you are able to consent for your own sexual health services which includes birth control/contraception.  This means you do not need your parents consent.

Q. Hello, My therapist is threatening to out me to my parents . Do I have any confidentiality under HIPPA or anything else because I’m a minor? Is there anyone I can go to for help to make my therapist respect my privacy from my parents?

A. Unnecessarily “outting” patients goes against the best practice principles of most mental health professions, including clinical social workers.

If your therapist feels that there is a safety concern, however, they may be obligated to share this information to prevent harm, if they are a state mandated reported.

Guardians of minors are technically entitled to treatment information relevant to the course of treatment or progress their child is making in therapy, but some sensitive details may or may not be helpful to share.

Please contact Corner Health Center and leave a message at 734-484-3600 ex. 280 if you have additional questions.

Q. I was recommended to you by a friend and was wondering whether you offer HRT for transgender individuals, and if so, if there are any openings to be able to receive this service. I have a primary care doctor already, but she does not do HRT and I’ve been struggling to find somewhere that will take my insurance (Blue Cross Medicaid).

A. Yes, we provide gender-affirming care.  Please call 734 484-3600 to schedule an appointment and learn more about our services. 

Q. Do you have patient age restrictions? I am 36 and need a physical and some lab work for top surgery in a few months. Wondering if this is a safe and welcoming place for me to receive such services?

A. Corner Health Center sees patients up until age 26 years old.  

Q. I’m on depo. Can I get pregnant if he came in me? He has before and I didn’t, and I took a test 16 days after conceiving.

A. If you have been getting your depo shots on time, you are protected against pregnancy. 

Q. Hello, I took the plan B pill at 8:00pm, from unprotected sex 2 days prior – I understand 24-72 hours is the best time to take it, however I ended up having unprotected sex at 10:00pm, 2 hours after I took the pill, do you think it would be necessary to take another one or will this pill be enough, I am on no other birth control but I don’t want to end up getting sick from taking 2 pills in 24 hours. I know everyone is different but just your best advice would be great! Thank you!

A. If it is within 2 hours that would not be necessary . If you do not want to be pregnant , contact your primary care provider or Corner Health Center to find the type of birth control that is right for you. 

Q. I have just tested positive for chlamydia. Can I pass it on to my partner (female) from giving her oral sex?

A. If you have oral chlamydia you can pass it to her via oral. 

Q. I had unprotected sex during my period and I used emergency pills after a weekend, then I experienced bleeding. Could I be pregnant?

A. It does not sound like you could be pregnant from what you describe. Contact you primary care provider or Corner Health to get the type of birth control that is right for you. 

Q. Where is the Corner?

A. Good question! The Corner is located in downtown Ypsilanti at 47 N. Huron Street. We are just 2 blocks from the main Ypsilanti bus station. There is also a free two-hour parking lot right next to our building. For more information on our hours and location, click here. Stop by the next time you’re in town to check out our awesome space!

Q. Are you open on weekends?

A. Unfortunately not. Click here to learn more about our hours and to make an appointment

Q. Do you need to live in Washtenaw County to come to Corner Health?

A. No, you do not need to live in Washtenaw County to come to the Corner Health Center.  We accept patients from all over.  Please call 734-484-3600 to schedule your appointment today.

Q. I had unprotected sex during my period and I used emergency pills after a weekend, then I experienced bleeding. Could I be pregnant?

A. It does not sound like you could be pregnant from what you describe. Contact you primary care provider or Corner Health to get the type of birth control that is right for you. 

Q. What types of cancer can you get from smoking?

A. Did you know that nearly 1 in 5 deaths in the U.S. each year are attributed to cigarette smoking?!? That’s because smoking takes a serious toll on your short and long-term health. Among other health problems, smoking increases your risk of heart disease, stroke and cancer. There are many types of cancer that are caused by smoking cigarettes including bladder, cervical, kidney, voice box, throat, mouth, lung, pancreatic, stomach, and esophageal cancer. Whew—that’s unfortunately a very long list! The good thing is that your chance of getting these cancers is greatly reduced if you do not smoke. If you do smoke, quitting is your best option to live a long and healthy life. Your body immediately starts to get better once you quit, so the sooner you stop smoking the better. Need help quitting? We’ve got a team to help you.

For more information on the health effects of cigarette smoking, visit:
Teens Health: Smoking
CDC: Health Effects of Cigarette Smoking

Q. Okay, I live in Alabama. Before I got pregnant, I smoked weed. Ever since, I have been anti and actually refuse too ever again. The doctor said that he would test me again at my third trimester. I will definitely pass because it’s been almost 7 months. My question is, since I’m done smoking and if I pass it, will any CPS be involved? Like, my mom plans to be in the room & I don’t want a case worker to show up but I will pass everything. I just don’t know if they would because of the first failed at 8 weeks.

A. Assuming you pass everything, you should not have to worry about CPS involvement.  Different states and different hospitals may have different rules.  You may want to have that conversation with your dr. so they understand your concern.

Q. Hello! I want to ask the effects of smoking on athletes in this case, I’m a pro swimmer, I know it’s strange because I’m an athlete and I’m not supposed to, but I used to smoke once in a while for example at parties, but I never smoke more than one cigarette, could that affect my performance in any way? Thank you!

A. Research shows that smoking even 1 cigarette is not good for you.  Best not to smoke at all!

Q. Do you have classes for substance use/abuse?

A. Yes, please schedule an appointment to discuss.  We have trained therapists as well as a doctor who is an addiction specialist and support groups.

Q. My boyfriend of 18 years passed away last year. We had a very active and unusual sex life. Since he died, I slept with one man. Now that it is over a year since he has passed, I am curious about maybe seeing what is out there. However, lately I cannot even get my toys up. I don’t want to go to bed with someone and not be able to perform. Any suggestions and thoughts appreciated.

A. Sorry about your loss.  Oftentimes people’s ability to perform is tied to emotional issues.  You would benefit from talking to a therapist related to your grief and loss and there are also therapists who are trained to help with sexual health issues.

Q. Do a lot of people have depression?

A. Depression affects an estimated one in 15 adults (6.7%) in any given year. And one in six people (16.6%) will experience depression at some time in their life. Depression can occur at any time, but on average, first appears during the late teens to mid-20s. Women are more likely than men to experience depression. Some studies show that one-third of women will experience a major depressive episode in their lifetime. There is a high degree of heritability (approximately 40%) when first-degree relatives (parents/children/siblings) have depression. 

Q. I think that I might be depressed. Are there any ways to know for sure? What are some things that I can do if I am?

A. Depression is a common issue among young people.  You are not alone!  However, if you are feeling like you might be depressed, now is the time to schedule an appointment with a healthcare professional.  Some of the signs and symptoms of depression include trouble sleeping, lack of concentration, change in appetite, and feeling worthless, hopeless, or guilty.  Symptoms of depression must last at least two weeks and must represent a change in your previous level of functioning for a diagnosis of depression.

Keep in minds that medical conditions (e.g., thyroid problems, a brain tumor or vitamin deficiency) can mimic symptoms of depression so it is important to rule out general medical causes. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, call us!  Here at the Corner, you can meet with a mental health professional that can help you to figure out what is going on and how you might be able to feel better.

Q. I have an active life and I am very social, but a lot of the time I feel like I wish I wasn’t here anymore. I don’t understand why I have these feelings of sadness and I don’t know what to do about it.

A. Many people, including those with active and social lives, experience feelings of sadness or depression for a variety of reasons during different times in their lives. Often times, people tend to cover it up and not express these feelings, but actually the BEST thing to do is to recognize these feelings and talk to someone who can help! Here at the Corner, you can meet with a mental health professional who can help you figure out what is going on and how you might be able to feel better. Click here to schedule an appointment with a healthcare professional!

Q. How do you help with depressed kids?

A. That’s a great question.  There are many options to help kids and adults with depression. The first step is making an appointment to talk about what you are experiencing.  If you are 14 or older you do not need a parent’s permission to be seen at a clinic for mental health issues (in the state of Michigan).

If you are under 14 you will need a parent’s permission.

At your first visit we can talk about your symptoms and talk about the different options.  Some of the options are:
1) Talking with a trained therapist and learning about how to deal with symptoms. 
2) Some kids need medication. 
3) Some kids need both, talking and medicine.
Every person gets individual treatment to help them feel better.

Please call 734 484-3600 to schedule an appointment. 

Q. How do i deal with my depression? I’ve tried a therapist I’ve tried pills I’ve tried everything and i don’t seem to be happy, recently I’ve gotten extremely depressed because i got taken away from my mother and its been giving me anxiety and making me very sad all the time i don’t think there’s one time of the day I’m not crying even therapists think i don’t have a cure for my sadness.

A. There are many treatments for depression.  There are always new options.  Please schedule an appointment with your dr or come to Corner Health Clinic.  There are also helplines such as Ozone House 734-662-2222, The texting hotline 741-741 for additional support. 

Q. Why does having chronic neurological disorders of which I have bipolar and schizoaffective disorder make getting the flu worse? I constantly get the flu.

A. Your may want to focus on your immune system to protect you against getting the flu.  Good nutrition, enough sleep, physical activity and stress reduction can help.  Also, the flu shot will help protect again influenza A & B.

Q.  Is there a way to know if I’m depressed or have anxiety issues? I am having some troubles and I don’t feel like myself lately, but I am afraid to tell my parents. Also they are very closed minded and they won’t let me go to a doctor. What can I do?

A. If you are over the age of 14 in the state of Michigan you do not need your parents consent to get mental health services. Please schedule an appointment at Corner Health or your own health care provider to discuss your symptoms. If you are under 13, try telling your parents you aren’t feeling well and would like to see a health care provider. While what you are feeling may be depression or anxiety there are other things that can cause people to not feel like themselves. 

Q.  I’m 16 years old and have not had my period in 2 months. I went through a week of serve anxiety and wasn’t sleeping or eating. I recently started on duloxetine for the anxiety. I have had cramping, discharge and some nausea. Last night my anxiety was heightened and woke up with terrible cramps and nausea. There is no chance of pregnancy. I know it is common to miss periods especially due to stress. Just making sure it doesn’t seem like anything serve is going on.

A. It is not unusual to have irregular periods with anxiety, changes in sleep or diet. Talk to your health care provider if these symptoms continue 

Q.  Hi, I was just sitting on the couch minding my business listening to music and playing my game, when all of a sudden I got this extremely weird feeling come through my body in waves, I was still fully conscious and could speak and move, but my heart was beating extremely quickly and I started shaking (as a nervous reaction). it would calm down then come back, and I also felt like I was going to puke, afterwards when I finally calmed down I was shivering uncontrollably even though I wasn’t cold, Im scared it might’ve been something serious, after all it was a very unpleasant scary feeling that’s difficult to describe. Any idea on what this might have been?

A. It is difficult to diagnose based on the symptoms you describe. However, what you describe could have been a panic attack. Please schedule an appointment with your primary care provider or at Corner Health Center to discuss further and rule out any other causes for the episode you describe.

Q. I’m not sick but I need someone to talk to about issues at home. Can I come to the Corner for that?

A. Absolutely! At the Corner we are here to help you be healthy both physically and mentally.

Our team of counselors and psychiatrists are here to listen to young people when they need someone to talk to. Many young people come to the Corner to work through their parents’ divorce or deal with other issues at home. You can also meet with our counselors if you’re stressed about school, having trouble with friends, or just feeling blue. These visits are free and confidential—pretty cool, don’t you think?!

We ask all patients to see a medical doctor at the Corner once prior to making a counseling appointment. Our doctor will help you figure out which counselor is best for you. It’s easy to make an appointment! Click here to learn how.

Q. I’m on my 3rd or 4th period. My fist few, the blood was brown and it only went for a day or so. I have just gotten my period again and it’s been going for 9 days and it’s really heavy. Is this normal?

A. it is not unusual for periods to be irregular for the first 1-2 years.  

Q. Can syphilis be passed through unprotected sex when the infected person has no sore visible? Can it be passed through semen or bodily fluids ? Or is it direct contact with a rash or sore?

A. A person with syphilis can spread the infection during the first two stages of the disease. If you come in contact with an open sore (first stage) or skin rash (second stage), you can pick up the bacteria that cause the infection. If the bacteria enter your body through an opening such as the penis, anus, vagina, mouth or broken skin, you can get syphilis. Sometimes the sores are very small and may not be visible. If a person has had syphilis for more than two years (latent syphilis), it’s unlikely that he or she can spread the disease.

Q. Can cervical cancer occur without sex?

A. It would be extremely rare for someone to have cervical cancer if they have not had sex. Human Papilloma Virus is the cause of cervical cancers in 99% (most) of the cases Human papilloma virus is spread through sex. 

Q. Hello this week I have been diagnosed with HPV, I want to know if there is a trusty source where I can investigate all about this virus, also I would like to know how many time does the treatment take and approximately when I could be able to have sex again, also once you have been diagnosed and have taken the treatment, are you a candidate to the HPV vaccine ?

A. This CDC (Center for Disease Control) website is a very reliable source of information.  If you still have questions, please schedule an appointment with your primary care provider or at Corner Health Center.

Q. HELLO! I recently was diagnosed with HPV, because I have some warts in the genital area, im waiting for more results to see what treatment is the best for me since I also have some damage on the cervix, but I want to know if it is safe to wear tampons, while I on my period?

A. Yes, it is ok to use tampons.

Q. I fingered a girl with genital herpes and immediately after sometime I touched my penis. Is it possible that I will get herpes? That girl was not having an outbreak. And I don’t have any cuts on my fingers or on my penis.

A. Herpes is spread by contact with the herpes lesion. There does not need to be a break in the skin for it to be spread.  (There is some thought that the virus may be active a for a short time before the lesions appear.) If there were no obvious lesions it is unlikely that the virus was spread. 

Q. So i have a question, this guy I’ve been seeing for 6 months told me he once had an out break of the herpes versus but he hasn’t had an out break in years. He said we are okay as long as he’s not having an out break, and he said he can always feel it coming and knows the signs. Well here is some history about me. Im female, i have had cold sores on my mouth years ago and maybe here and there throughout the years as I’ve struggled with tough acne as well as psoriasis. I’ve also had cervical cancer cells removed years but I’ve had good paps since then. Oh i also have a dental fistula, from a poorly executed root canal procedure done a couple years ago, and it is an open wound at times, most days. We both do oral, and i let him do anal. So my questions are with his history is he still at risk for transferring to me at any time even though he said he could tell when he is going to have an out break? Next question, do i have a chance of getting cervical cancer/ cells / again? Doesn’t it just lay dormant once you have it? And since I’ve had cold sores on my mouth, would going down on him trigger his herpes2? I know these are some extensive questions but im too embarrassed to ask any doctor’s office here because everyone knows everyone and people talk, regardless of HIPAA, so i appreciate anything you can tell me, thanks

A. 1) Abnormal cervical cells are most likely from HPV which is human papilloma virus. If you have regular negative pap smears that means you no longer have the virus which can go on to cause cervical cancer.

2) HSV is herpes simplex virus. There are 2 types. Type 1 (oral) and Type 2 (genital). Both types are spread by direct contact. Oral can be spread to the genitals via oral sex and genital can be spread to the mouth via oral sex. The virus may be spread when there is an obvious lesion and prior to that when people feel the virus coming. However, it is also thought that the virus both type 1 and type 2 may spread when there are no signs.

If you have further questions or concerns schedule a confidential visit with your primary care provider, at Corner Health or at your local health department adult clinic.

Q. Approximately 6 months ago, I was diagnosed with HPV, during those 6 months I was having unprotected sex with my bf, does that mean he has HPV too, what signs should we, be concerned about, to see if I had infected him?

A. HPV is sexually transmitted.  Your bf may develop genital warts but often people with HPV do not see visible warts. The HPV vaccine is available for anyone 9-26 to prevent HPV

Q. I recently did anal masturbation (solo) buy using an object to go into my anus. After said situation, I realized I was bleeding and am a little sore. I was wondering if I am at risk to HIV now, can you help me? (I am a male)

A. If the object used had not been in contact with anyone else then you are not at risk of HIV.  HIV is transmitted via body fluids, so if the object was not in contact with anyone else’s body fluid there is no risk. Sounds like you may have a rectal tear.  If your symptoms do not go away , please schedule an appointment at Corner Health or with your own health care provider.

Q. I have a skin-colored bump on the front side of my penis (a lot down from my head). I thought it was a pimple and when i squeezed it, nothing came out, because it seemed like it was inside of my skin. The thing is it’s not that big, but you can still see it and if i squeeze it I don’t feel any pain or discomfort. I’m just concerned what that is and should I be worried.

A. It is difficult to diagnose a bump or lump without seeing it.  What you describe could be a viral wart (HPV), or a skin tag. Bumps on the penis from herpes are typically red and painful. For further evaluation schedule an appointment with your primary care provider or at Corner Health Clinic

Q. I was recently diagnosed with genital herpes and so did my partner, we are on the medication because we have an outbreak but we just had sex and now my vagina is irritating, will the outbreak come back again or anything I should be aware about?

A. The medication will help with outbreaks of the virus but it will not cure it.  If one partner has an outbreak it can be spread to the other partner.  If you or your partner have frequent outbreaks you may decide to take the medication once a day. Talk to your primary care provider about this or schedule an appointment at Corner Health Center. 

Q. Hi I’m on my 4th day of STI (chlamydia and gonorrhea) treatment and my bf is on his second I had two shots and over four pills and still taking medication for it but I haven’t made it to the 7th day and my bf fingered and went down on me does that mean we have it was just for a second but idk

A. Chlamydia and Gonorrhea are transmitted via bodily fluids. If your boyfriend had oral (mouth) chlamydia or gonorrhea infection it could be transmitted (given) to you.  If his infection was in his penis and there was no contact with his penis then it would not be transmitted (given) to you. If you are concerned, speak to your health care provider about being retreated.  

Q. Hello, I have noticed I have a singular wart on my genital area but it does not bother me. I have had sexual intercourse but my partner is unaffected, should I be concerned?

A. A genital wart is caused by a virus.  Often, they are visible but sometimes they are internal and are not visible. There are certain strains of the virus that are more serious than others in that they can progress to cause different types of cancers. Your primary health care provider or Corner Health can do testing to determine any risk. Gardasil is the vaccine that can prevent genital warts.

Q. Hello! I have HPV and one big genital wart, I haven’t treated them because I’m scheduled to do chryoterapy next month, I haven’t had any discomfort from it, but yesterday I started feeling very itchy, what are the symptoms to a vaginal infection? Do they have something to do with the HPV?

A. Genital warts can be itchy.  Itching can also be a sign of vaginal infection.  Symptoms of vaginal infection can also include abnormal vaginal discharge, change in odor or texture of vaginal discharge. If you believe you may have an infection schedule an appointment with your primary care provider or at Corner Health Center. 

Q. If I had chlamydia and was going under treatment for it, and gave my boyfriend a hand job with my saliva, is there a chance he might have contracted it?

A. It takes 7 days for the antibiotics to completely work to cure a chlamydia infection.  If you had oral chlamydia (in your mouth) it is possible it could be transmitted. If you had vaginal chlamydia and there was no contact with the vagina then it would not be transmitted

Q. Can I get chlamydia and gonorrhea from kissing?

A. If your partner has oral (meaning in their mouth) chlamydia or gonorrhea it can be passed through kissing.  

Q. Hi, I just found out I tested positive for chlamydia and gonorrhea. I took the treatment but had sex before a week than took another treatment and so did my bf, but it’s only been 4 days for me and 2 days for him today he fingered me is that gonna cause us to get it back or something.

A. If you had penis/vagina sex before 1 week then you and your partner should be retreated.

Q. Hi I was wondering if you guys did birth control prescriptions?

A. Yes, Corner has prescriptions for birth control pills and other types of contraception. We also offer LARCS (long acting reversible contraception) which include IUDs and Nexplanon. Please schedule an appointment to review what type of birth control is best for you. 

Q. Hello, I found out I had chlamydia, I took all 4 of the Azithromycin pills. I’m I allowed to masturbate during the 7 weeks of recovery?

A. Yes, you can masturbate. It does not affect the treatment.  During the first 7 days after taking the medication the infection can still be passed from one person to another. That is why people are instructed to abstain from sexual activity with another person for 7 days. 

Q. I’ve had yellow green-ish discharge for a few months now and I haven’t consulted my physician because I feel awkward talking about it and also with the pandemic going on. I’ve read it can be an STI but I’ve never had intercourse, oral or otherwise, so it might be an infection of sorts. When I do consult my doctor, what would the procedure be like (questions, tests, etc.). Any input would be very much appreciated, thank you.

A. When you talk to your doctor explain that you are having unusual discharge for the past few months. Typically, a vaginal self-swab and a urine test can determine if there is an infection like yeast or bacterial vaginosis.  Neither of these are sexually transmitted. Contact your primary care provider for an appointment or call the Corner Health Center for a tele visit.   

Q. I got a small pimple kinda thing on my inner surface of labia minora. It’s a bit painful sometimes or on touch. Due to lockdown I can’t visit to doctor, what shall I do…???

A. It is hard to diagnose without seeing it. It could be a herpes lesion, an abscess, or some other type of irritation. Call your Primary Care Provider or Corner Health Center to schedule an appointment. The Corner is open for in-person visits.  

Q. I tested positive for Chlamydia, I was given Doxycycline. I took my first 2 Sunday, one morning and one night. It is now Thursday. I don’t have any improvement. So I am currently on my 5th day of taking it. I know they say to take the full 7 days, and I will. But when should I starting seeing/feeling the discharge and irritation to penis tip improve.

A. You should be feeling improvement by day 5.  Please contact the office/clinic where you were diagnosed and schedule a follow-up visit. 

Q. Hi, I wanted to ask that can I get pregnant if I have sexual intercourse 5 days after ovulation?

A. Sperm can live 4-5 days so depending on when you ovulated and when you had sexual intercourse you could get pregnant.

Q. Hi! According to my period app, it says my ovulation day was August 12th. My bf & I had protected sex on the 15th and 17th. Condoms were used each time bc I have abnormal HPV cells and we both do not want a child at the moment. Not yet. On the 19th, I had a little spotting when I wiped once. Like a streak. Then it stopped. I’m 4 days late for my period. Is this pregnancy?

A. If you used protection this decreases the chance of pregnancy.  If your normal period is more than a week late you can do a home pregnancy test or call Corner Health Center to schedule a pregnancy test.

Q. I missed my depo on the 3 of August and on the 4 of August to 9 of August I had unprotected sex with my boyfriend and I went for another depo on the 13 of August and I haven’t seen my period till now is it possible for me to get pregnant?

A. If your shot was late and you had unprotected sex it is possible to get pregnant.

Q. Greetings to you. I stated using Depo in 2018 after giving birth, and since then I never been to my periods, so this year on May 2021. I was supposed to get my shot and I didn’t go and I didn’t see my period since then. On the 24 Sep 2021 I had unprotected sex with my boyfriend, is it possible for me to get pregnant?

A. It may take many months to get your normal period back after stopping depo. Any time you have sex without using contraception/birth control you are at risk for pregnancy.

Q. I got a 2 months injection to prevent on 23 August so on 25 September I got light period 6 days… Then have sex unprotected sex my partner ejaculated on me… Remember am on birth control injection for 2 months will I get pregnant?

A. If you received a 2-month shot and had sex after 1 month then the depo is protecting against pregnancy.

Q. Hi, teenage male: a month and a half ago I went on a trip and stayed in a bed for about a week, 3 days into it I discovered a cut/bite/ulcer, (couldn’t tell really) and over the next few days discovered about 4 major ones the biggest was no bigger than the circumference of a pencil, and a few smaller just dots (not a lot tho and only on the left side of my penis, around the groin muscle and mid-inner thigh. These went away when I got home and I have had no reoccurrence or issues since then, I have no rashes anywhere else on my body and no signs of wight loss, fatigue, itches or anything else. However, the week before I left I made out with someone (we were naked and I did finger her and put my mouth on her vagina, and she did suck my penis) but we had no penis-vagina connection. Should I think this is some sort of STI or just bed bugs?

A. What you describe could be a number of things including bed bugs and possibly herpes. You do not say if the lesion was itchy or painful.  Did/does your partner have any sores on her vagina or mouth? If the sores reappear, please schedule an appointment ASAP with your primary care provider or with Corner health for diagnosis and treatment

Q. Is it safe to perform oral sex on a man if I have bleeding gums? Even if I use a condom?

A. If you have an infection in your blood it would be possible to pass that on to someone via oral sex.  Use of condoms would prevent any contact. 

Q. So what if a person ejaculated after oral sex but then a couple hours later had sex without a condom. Could the girl get pregnant even if the ejaculation was wiped off of the penis from the oral sex

A. Having sex without birth control or a condom puts you at risk for pregnancy. 

Q. Last night I got oral sex from a girl that has hsv-2. As soon after it happened my body felt weird and so did my penis. My pee kind of burned last night considering I held it in while she did it. I stopped her no more than 5 minutes she was doing it but as good as it felt it kinda felt weird on my penis as soon as she did it . I’m so confused and kind of scared to symptoms show directly after am I at extreme risk getting oral from a girl with hsv-2?

A. In order for herpes to be spread there has to be contact with the lesion.  That means that the girl you got oral sex from would have to have a HSV-2 (genital herpes) lesion in her mouth to pass it on to your penis. Also symptoms typically take approximately 4 days to show up. Also burning when you pee does not sound like it is from herpes. 

If you develop a sore or area of discomfort on your penis please schedule an appointment with your primary care provider or at Corner to have it checked.  If you continue to have burning when you pee you should also have it checked to make sure you do not have any other infection.  

Q. Hi I’m 18 years old and never had sex before and my and boyfriend and I are about to do the deed but I’m nervous. Is that normal. And also I’m worried how it may feel and I’m worried it might hurt so and idk what to do.

A. All of those worries are normal.  Talk to your partner about them and “do the deed” when you are ready. Couple of things to consider:
If you do not want to get pregnant you need to find out what form of birth control/contraception is right for you. Also, you want to protect yourself from a  (sexually transmitted infection) . Using condoms will prevent sexually transmitted infections.  If your partner has been sexually active before he can get tested to make sure he does not have an infection. 

Please schedule an appointment with your primary care provider or at Corner Health Center to get a birth control method that is right for you. Corner Health is doing phone visits during the Corona epidemic.  

Q. Quite literally asking this for a friend (I swear, gay here). What are the odds of transmission from male to female if the male was on the 6th day of treatment for Gonorrhea / Chlamydia? He is too embarrassed/worried to share that he got it from a guy (not me!) but his girlfriend made it impossible for him to abstain on the 6th day of his treatment. He is now worried he gave it to her. Thank you all!

A. It takes 7 days for the medicine to work in the body and cure Chlamydia/Gonorrhea infection. If he had sex without a condom during the 7 days after taking the medicine, he could still pass the infection to sex partners, even if he had no symptoms. He should tell her it is important for her to get treatment for Gonorrhea/Chlamydia. He could also use the to send an anonymous text to his girlfriend.

Q. Can I masturbate during the seven day recovery from gonorrhea (18 Male)

A. Gonorrhea can be passed to another person until it is completely treated which is 7 days after treatment. 

Q. So, I feel really dumb and embarrassed about this, but I feel really scared I just signed a death wish. I don’t have a sex toy so, I decided to use my hairbrush handle. I haven’t used it before. I did wash the handle with water before I used it, but I feel like an idiot. I feel (mentally) like I just gave myself herpes or cancer or something. Nothing is happening down there right now it feels fine, but I’m afraid I’m going to die or something…What do I do??

A. No reason to think that using a hairbrush handle will cause herpes or cancer or anything that would cause death. Most concerning would be irritation to the vaginal tissue. If you experience any irritation or abnormal discharge schedule an appointment with your primary care provider or with Corner Health Center.  

Q. Hi I’m 15 and i was masturbating 1 day ago with an object (not supposed to be used to masturbate with). i was bleeding right after and i freaked out alot, it kept on spotting for a couple hours and then it stopped, today brown discharge was coming out and my vaginal area is kind of itchy and it pains me a bit. I’m really scared and i don’t feel comfortable to tell my parent’s and I’m too scared to visit a doctor. I’m really freaked out, can someone please help?

A. If you are having continued discharge or irritation in your vagina please make an appointment to see your primary care provider or at Corner health center. You do not need parent permission to be seen for a sexual health issue if you are over the age of 12.

Q. My period has been off for the last four months. Then one day I experienced abnormal bloody discharge. Could I have had a miscarriage?

A. It can be scary when your body does things it normally does not do, especially vaginal bleeding! It’s difficult to pinpoint the cause of your irregular bleeding without knowing more specific information. It’s important to schedule an appointment with a health care provider to help uncover the facts, especially if you are still having vaginal bleeding. Feel free to call us or schedule an appointment online for a day and time that works for you!

Q. I think I may be having a miscarriage. I took a pregnancy test earlier this week and it was positive. My period was late and everything. I’ve been throwing up and having motion sickness. 3 days ago, I started bleeding heavy. I’m also clotting. And the test is even fainter than before. Am I miscarrying?

A. If you had a positive pregnancy test and heavy bleeding that is a sign of a possible miscarriage. Schedule an appointment with your primary care provider or at Corner Health Center.   If your bleeding is very heavy you may need to seek care in the emergency room. 

Q. I have a question about my gf, she started her sugar pills on birth control and got her period but then started having symptoms of pregnancy like dizziness and throwing up and her pregnancy test was positive one day after her period and now she is clotting and having cramps what’s going on?

A. From what you describe it is possible that your girlfriend is pregnant or possible having a miscarriage. She should contact her primary care provider to make an appointment or schedule an appointment at Corner Health Center. If bleeding or pain worsens, she should be seen in the ER. 

Q. I had a miscarriage on the 12th dec 2020, how quickly can one become pregnant after having a miscarriage?

A. Ovulation (release of the egg) can start as soon as 2 weeks after miscarriage.  

Q. August 6 was our unprotected sex and august 21 was her menstruation and it last 5 days. Is it possible she’s pregnant? Even though she had her menses already?

A. If she had a normal period then she is not pregnant. It is recommended  that she make an appointment with her primary care provider or at Corner Health Center to get some type of contraception (birth control)

Q. Greetings to you. I stated using Depo in 2018 after giving birth, and since then I never been to my periods, so this year on May 2021. I was supposed to get my shot and I didn’t go and I didn’t see my period since then. On the 24 Sep 2021 I had unprotected sex with my boyfriend, is it possible for me to get pregnant?

A. It may take many months to get your normal period back after stopping depo. Any time you have sex without using contraception/birth control you are at risk for pregnancy.

Q. My boyfriend and I rubbed genitals (it may have went in once or twice) a few days before I was supposed to ovulate (my period app said medium chance of pregnancy) he wore a condom the whole time and when he ejaculated he pulled out and ejaculated away from my vagina no cum had leaked out of the condom. Is there a chance I could have gotten pregnant?

A. From what you describe it does not sound possible that sperm would be able to impregnate an egg. So, pregnancy could not occur.

Q. I’m interested in going on HRT (hormone replacement therapy), but my family doctor doesn’t have much knowledge on this situation. Do I have to have therapy to be qualified to start?

A. At Corner Health Center we see patients who want hormone replacement therapy.  We do not require a therapist evaluation in order to start.  We do a physical examination and blood tests and then our physician does a thorough assessment to determine a plan of treatment. If you are under age 18 parental consent is required. Give us a call at 734.484.3600 if you would like to schedule an appointment!

Q. What is the wait time for an HRT appointment?

A. The initial visit to establish care at Corner health can usually happen within 1-2 weeks. At that appointment you have a physical exam and blood tests. Following that you schedule a follow up visit to begin HRT.  That is typically within 4-6 weeks. 

Q. How long from first appointment can a trans patient expect to wait before starting hrt? I know it it often a drawn out and stressful process, but it feels like every day that passes will make it more difficult to transition

A. At Corner Health Center a patient would schedule an initial appointment with a health care provider for a brief physical exam, assessment and blood tests. This is usually scheduled within a week. Typically the return visit to start HRT is within a month.

Q. I’m a transgender minor who will be turning 18 in a few months and plans on scheduling an appointment as soon as relatively possible to start HRT. I do not have insurance and am wondering how much the cost of such a process is. Any information, pointers, ect?

A. The first step in starting HRT through Corner Health is to make an appointment to establish care. At that appointment you will get a physical exam and blood tests.   After the first appointment, you schedule another appointment to discuss the hormone treatment options.  After starting hormones there are follow up appointments every 3 months for the first year. 

If you do not have insurance there is a sliding fee scale that is used to determine the cost of your appointments.  
There is also someone at Corner who can assist you in signing up for insurance.  

Q. I’m 17 and started T 2 months ago. I’m feeling really attracted to women now and it is kinda freaking me out. how do I deal with these feelings? It’s really upsetting my partner (non-binary) that some of my feelings toward him are changing. help!

A. Corner Health has therapists who can help you with the feelings you are experiencing.
If you are a Corner patient call to schedule an appointment at Corner. If you are not a Corner patient ask your primary care provider to refer you to a therapist or schedule an intake appointment at Corner health to be referred for therapy  

Q. My boyfriend and I (both gay) recently had oral sex. I didn’t insert any of his genitals inside me but he cummed on both my hand & on my face and it started to burn. When he cummed on my hand I had what appeared to look like red spots all over my hand which frightened me. I went to wash it off as soon as he cummed on me and my face was red and tingled for a few days. 2 days later I started feeling tingling sensation around my lips and then developed like a rash on right lip (this went away after a day but then came back slightly and then again went away). Then I had the rash reappear again but on the other side of my lip (this too went away after a day). The spots on my hand went away after an hour but it still very much frightened me as I’ve never had this happen before. I’m scared that he might have given me an STI or an STD.

A. What you are describing sounds like an allergic type of reaction. The other thing to consider when there is a rash is herpes . But, herpes lesions generally appear 3-6 days after contact with someone who has herpes. The lesions are very painful. It sounds very unlikely that the red spots you describe are herpes.  

One other bit of information.  An STI (sexually transmitted infection) is the same as a STD (sexually transmitted disease)

If this occurs again make an appointment to be seen by your primary care provider or Corner Health Center

Q. I was on the Depo shot for I would say almost a year and I switched to Nexplanon and I’ve been on it for two years and two months and I haven’t had my period for years now and my boyfriend finished inside but Nexplanon is 99% effective so am I at risk for pregnancy?

A. You are still protected against pregnancy with Nexplanon if you’ve only had it for two years. If you have any concerns you can take a home pregnancy test. 

Q. He finished inside me 3 times over that weekend does that increase the risk and do I need to take plan B after he finishes inside if I’m on Nexplanon? (I was on the Depo shot for I would say almost a year and I switched to Nexplanon and I’ve been on it for two years and two months and I haven’t had my period for years now and my boyfriend finished inside but Nexplanon is 99% effective so am I at risk for pregnancy?)

A. Nexplanon is effective at preventing pregnancy every time you have sex.

Q. I want to have sex but I’m afraid I’ll get pregnant. Since no contraceptive is 100% reliable, if we were to use condoms and the withdrawal method at the same time, what are the chances of getting pregnant then?

A. If you use condoms perfectly every single time you have sex, they’re 98% effective at preventing pregnancy. But people aren’t perfect, so in real life condoms are about 85% effective — that means about 15 out of 100 people who use condoms as their only birth control method will get pregnant each year.

It would be a good idea to schedule an appointment at Corner Health or with your primary care provider to talk about more reliable methods of birth control such as the IUD, or Nexplanon (arm implant).

Using condoms will prevent you from getting a sexually transmitted infection.

Q. Do you have IUDs at Corner and do they cost money?

A. Yes, Corner health does have IUDs. They are covered by insurance and we have special funds for those who do not have insurance or who may not be able to use insurance. 

Q. I’ve been on the DEPO shot for years, then I switched to the IUD method on October 23, 2020 but then got it removed a few months later. I started the DEPO shot again on June 28, 2021 then had unprotected sex several times after, could I be pregnant?

A. If you went from one method to another you would be protected against pregnancy. 
If you restarted depo after not being on anything then you need to wait 7 days for pregnancy protection.

Q. My boyfriend and i had sex and the condom broke. i took A plan B within the next hour and it was two days after my ovulation and he did not finish in me whatsoever. I am just nervous about pre-ejaculate fluid. will i get pregnant???

A. Plan B taken soon after unprotected sex is effective at preventing pregnancy. It can also change the timing of your next period. If you do not get a period within 2 weeks of your expected date then please take a pregnancy test or call your PCP or Corner health to schedule an appointment for a pregnancy test and to talk about what birth control method would be good for you.

Q. Please I had my first depo shot on the 2nd of august and I had unprotected sex on the 8 of august please am I safe?

A. Depo protects against pregnancy 7 days after the first injection .  The time can vary depending when your last period was. You may choose to take emergency contraception today or tomorrow for increased protection.

Q. Hello….I took an emergency pill after having unprotected sex. I tested pregnancy with pregnancy test kit after two months. Any chance of pregnancy?

A. If you have had a negative pregnancy test 2 months after having unprotected sex, then most likely you are not pregnant.  If you have not gotten your period then you may want to check another test or schedule an appointment with your primary care provider or at Corner Health Center for further evaluation.  

Q. A friend was supposed to take a second depo shot on 19th of July, but missed it and had unprotected sex on 4thof September and took p2 pills, later had sex on 9th of September and took another p2 pills, she then later put a depo injection on 10th and did sex on 17th and since has stomach cramping, nauseous and severe mood swings, could she be pregnant?

A. From what you described your friend has had a lot of extra hormones.  In order to know if she is pregnant she should take a pregnancy test. 

Q. Hi I have been bleeding for more than a week now. I had my first depo shot last May. Is this an effect of the shot?

A. Yes, depo can cause irregular bleeding. Please see more info here on this Depo FAQ:

Q. I had my first depo shot on 19July 2021 and I had sex on the 27 July 2021….am I safe from pregnancy or do I need to go for a test?

A. Yes you are protected against pregnancy 7 days after your first shot.

Q. Greetings to you. I started using Depo in 2018 after giving birth, and since then I never been to my periods, so this year on May 2021. I was supposed to get my shot and I didn’t go and I didn’t see my period since then. On the 24 Sep 2021 I had unprotected sex with my boyfriend, is it possible for me to get pregnant?

A. It may take many months to get your normal period back after stopping depo. 
Any time you have sex without using contraception/birth control you are at risk for pregnancy.

Q. I missed my depo on the 17 of August. I had a shot on the 03 of September and had unprotected sex on the 07 of September. Can I be pregnant?

A. The depo is effective 7 days after the injection is given. If you had unprotected sex on Sept 7 after getting the shot on Sept 3rd you could be at risk for pregnancy.  

Q. Me and my boyfriend had protected sex, and the condom broke. We then went to the store to get plan B. Do you think there is any chance of a pregnancy? Plus I just got off my period last week, so I have to wait till next month.

A. If you took Plan B is most effective when taken close to the time of unprotected sex. 

Ovulation (release of the egg) occurs for most women mid cycle. 

Day 1 is the first day of bleeding.  Midcycle is usually around day 15. Though again this differs for many women and can vary each month.

Please schedule an appointment with your primary care provider or at Corner Health to discuss a birth control method that is right for you. 

Q. I had protected sex but the condom broke. We had that intercourse on the 4th day of her period, I cum the rest outside but not sure if had some inside before pull out. Is there a chance of pregnancy?

A. Any time there is sex without birth control or condom there is a risk of pregnancy. 

Q. Hi. Why can’t I get my periods even after using a condom?

A. If you are using a condom properly every time then you are likely preventing pregnancy. 
There are other reasons women do not get periods regularly.
Please schedule an appointment with your primary care provider or at Corner Health Center. 

Q. My girlfriend and I had protected sex and she is on birth control. When I pulled out the condom fell off and I’m pretty sure all my ejaculation went on her back. To be safe we went and got a plan B. Is there any chance that she could be pregnant?

A. If your girlfriend uses birth control as it is recommended and she took plan B within 5 days there is very little chance she could be pregnant. 

Q. I have recently gained a lot of weight in the past few months. What is the best way to go about losing weight?

A. The holiday season is often a tough time for all of us trying to manage our weight, so don’t feel alone! There are many strategies to use in keeping a healthy weight, and general rule of thumb is eating the right foods and engaging in physical activity on a daily basis. Remember: everyBODY is different, so nutrition and physical activity requirements vary for each person.

Q. I have been gaining weight ever since I’ve been on the Depo shot. Is there a way to take a lower dose of Depo?

A. For some women hormonal birth control options, like the Depo shot, can cause the body to retain water and increase appetite. Women who experience these side effects can maintain a healthy weight by eating a well-balanced diet and exercising for at least 30 minutes 3-5 days each week.

There is a lower dose option of the Depo shot. It is given subcutaneously (under the skin) and delivers the same dose to the system as the regular Depo shot. A common side effect of the low does Depo is breakthrough bleeding.

We suggest you make an appointment with a health care provider to discuss different birth control options and get support to maintain a healthy weight.

Q. I need to lose weight fairly quickly because I am in a wedding and need to fit into my dress. I’m already working out and eat right but am thinking about trying these pills called the green coffee extract. Are they safe to take?

A. It’s great that you have been trying to eat healthy foods and exercise. That is the BEST way to achieve and maintain a healthy weight.

Unfortunately, dropping weight quickly isn’t a healthy way to go.  Fad diets like green coffee extract can work for a little while but can’t be sustained and can be unhealthy to follow. For a wedding you want to look healthy.  Quick weight loss diets can leave you looking and feeling unwell.

The safest way to achieve a healthy weight is to control calories in vs calories out. That means eating less and exercising more. It definitely helps to have support when trying to make changes to your diet and fitness routine.

Q. I’ve gotten my first period about a month ago and according to my tracking app it was supposed to come 2-3 days ago but I’m not sure why it’s late

A. It is not unusual for periods to be irregular for the first 1-2 years after they start. That means that they can come at different times of the month and some months may not come at all 

Q. Does excessive amounts of coffee delay a period? Stress? I’ve had lower back pains, sore breasts, a little cramping. 5 days late. I had protected sex. Just wondering what the delay could be? It’s not normal for me to be this late. I did have some abnormal HPV cells. Is that a factor?

A. There are many issues that can cause irregular periods including stress.
Abnormal cells do not cause irregular periods.
If your period is over a week late take a home pregnancy test or schedule an appointment at Corner Health Center to get checked out.

Q. I’m in my 3rd or 4th period. My first few, the blood was brown and it only went for a day or so. I have just gotten my period again and it’s been going for 9 days and it’s really heavy. Is this normal?

A. it is not unusual for periods to be irregular for the first 1-2 years. 

Q. I missed my depo on the 3 of August and on the 4 of August to 9 of August I had unprotected sex with my boyfriend and I went for another depo on the 13 of August and I haven’t seen my period till now is it possible for me to get pregnant?

A. If your shot was late and you had unprotected sex it is possible to get pregnant.

Q. Greetings to you. I started using Depo in 2018 after giving birth, and since then I never been to my periods, so this year on May 2021. I was supposed to get my shot and I didn’t go and I didn’t see my period since then. On the 24 Sep 2021 I had unprotected sex with my boyfriend, is it possible for me to get pregnant?

A. It may take many months to get your normal period back after stopping depo. 
Any time you have sex without using contraception/birth control you are at risk for pregnancy.

Q. How much do your immunizations cost? Chickenpox, to be more specific.

A. If you are under the age of 18 and have Medicaid or no health insurance, immunizations (including the chickenpox vaccine) are free. These vaccines are provided by a government program called Vaccines for Children. At the Corner there is a cost for every appointment. To learn more about paying for any office visit at the Corner, click here.

Since the vaccines we have at the Corner are given to us by the Vaccines for Children program, we cannot give them to people who are 18 years of age or older or to anyone with a health insurance (other than Medicaid) that pays for immunizations. If this applies to you, you can schedule an immunizations appointment at the Washtenaw County Public Health Department by calling 734.544.6700.

We realize this is confusing! Feel free to contact us to discuss your specific needs. We want to make sure your questions get answered and you get immunized!

Q. I would like to know the pros and cons about getting the HPV vaccine.

A. Thank you for your interest in the HPV vaccine, and good for you for seeking out more info!

The HPV vaccine is a series of 3 shots given over 6 months and protects you against 9 different variations of HPV (Human Papillomavirus). HPV causes genital warts and lesions, and if left untreated can cause cervical and vaginal cancer in women, and anal and throat cancer in both men and women.

The HPV vaccine (or “Gardasil”), is currently recommended for both girls and boys ages 9 through 25. Side effects include temporary pain and swelling where you get the shot, and possible flu like symptoms, such as nausea, headache, or fever, a few days after receiving a shot.

If you’d like to make an appointment to receive the HPV vaccine just contact us!

Q. Hello. According to CDC websites, I am eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine as of 3/22/21 due high BMI of 32+. I am 22 and a client at the Corner. I also have nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. Do I need a note from my health care provider at the Corner regarding my elevated at risk category? If yes, how do I obtain the note so I can be vaccinated ASAP?

A. Depending on where you register they ask you if you have any underlying health conditions.  Vaccine sites are not asking for proof of the condition.

Q. I had unprotected sex with someone I had just met. For the most part it was all oral, but we had intercourse for maybe 10-15 minutes. He did not come close to finishing though. I found out a few days later from one of his friends that he is Hep C positive. I know he didn’t have any open wounds nor do i, so is it possible I have come into contact with it?

A. Hepatitis C is spread through contact with blood.  If there was no signs of sores or open bleeding your risk is minimal.  There is the potential for small abrasions that you may not see.  If you are concerned you should talk to your health care provider about getting a baseline anti HCV (antibody to hep C virus) and repeating the test up 4-10 weeks later and this is how long it may take to turn positive If you develop any signs of Hep C, i.e. fever, fatigue, change in urine/stool, join pain you should see your health care provider. Also remember use of condoms will protect you from exposure to STI’s including Hepatitis C .

If you would like to discuss further and do not have a primary care provider please contact Corner health to set up an appointment.

Q. Hi i’m a 34-year-old woman from Iran … I cut my hair by a hairdresser Male model by Clippers … The hairdresser used a comb on an electric clipper … Clippers metal surface was not in contact with my skin … Is it possible to transmit hepatitis B and C and HIV virus by assuming that the Clippers’ shoulder is not sterilized

A. HIV virus, hep c and b can be transmitted through blood-to-blood contact.  If there was blood on the clippers that contained the virus and you had any cuts or breaks in your scalp then virus could be transmitted.  From what you describe your blood did not come into any contact with blood from the clippers. 

Q. I was hospitalized in February with symptoms of hepatitis. Enlarged liver, elevated liver enzymes, and bilirubin, jaundice, loss of appetite, vomiting, itching, dizziness. After 3 blood panels they told me a had Epstein Barr virus. Now months later I get aches and sharp pains in my general liver area. Would this be something to be concerned about?

A. If you have continued symptoms including pain please speak with your primary care provider.  You may need a referral to a liver specialist.  

Q. Hi, I wanted to know if you guys do medical exams/ health screenings? I have to have one annually to submit to my insurance which includes blood sugar and cholesterol readings. Do you offer that kind service?

A. Corner Health Center provides physical exams and health screenings to people ages 12-25 years old and their children. 
If you are in that age group please call 734-484-3600 to schedule an appointment.

Q. Hi! I want to know if there is any risk of contracting something or if I put my boyfriend’s health in risk in some way. I had the flu and cough, during 3/4 days and during the 5th I was getting over the flu, but I gave my Bf a blow job, but now I’m concerned.

A. The flu and cough are spread from one person to another by breathing in the virus.  The flu virus would not be spread by a blow job.

STIs can be spread during oral sex. 

If you have any concerns or further questions you should schedule an appointment at Corner health center or with your primary care provider.

Q. I have had a fever for 3 days and a sore through cough headache chills stuffy nose and I have been delirious what is it?

A. Sounds like you may have the flu or a similar virus. Please get checked by your primary care provider or come to Corner clinic.  If you experience shortness of breath, severe headache, are delirious or feel very sick please go to the emergency room.

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Your Physical Health - Taking care of your body

Looking after yourself is very important for overall well-being. Health is way more than just not getting sick. Your physical health includes physical activity, nutrition and diet, sleep, and medical self-care, among other things. Check out some of the physical health topics. If you have any additional questions, be sure to go to the Ask Us page. A health care provider will respond to the question posted.


Flu season runs from September-March. Flu shots are recommended for everyone 6 months old and older. You should get a flu shot each year. If you have any direct questions about immunizations for yourself or your child, you are welcome to go to the Ask Us page. A nurse practitioner will post a response. If you would like to schedule an appointment, please contact the Corner Health Center at 734-484-3600.

View the Your Physical Health Immunization PDF

Illness, Injury, and Well Care

Getting the health care you need when you are not feeling well or have been injured is very important. Please also pay close attention to your sign and symptoms so you can consult with your provider. It is important to NOT self-diagnose. If you have questions, check out the Health Info page or ask a question on the Ask Us page. If you are not sure, call the office and schedule an appointment.

For emergencies call 911.

Taking care of yourself when you are sick is important, but it’s even more important to maintain your health with well care and preventative checkups. Keeping these appointments will help you and your provider assess your health and monitor any concerns you may have.

To learn more, check out this trusted page by Kids Health


Getting scheduled vaccinations is a great way to prevent some diseases and keep you healthy. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends vaccinations throughout your life to protect against many infections. When you skip vaccines, you are vulnerable to illnesses such as shingles, pneumococcal disease, flu, and HPV and hepatitis B, both leading causes of cancer. While there are many underlying diseases not treated by vaccines, there are also viruses and bacteria that can be passed on to those who are not protected by vaccines. This can cause illness or death.

To learn more about vaccine and immunization schedules, check out this trusted webpage by the CDC.

Menstrual Health (Your Period)

Your period or menstrual cycle is one of the natural parts of life. During your menstrual cycle, you will see blood coming out of your vagina. The blood is the inner lining of your uterus, which builds up and then sheds every month. This causes you to have a menstrual cycle.

Check out the links below to learn more about menstrual health.
Your Physical Health Period Education PDF
Period/Menstrual Health


Puberty is when your body starts to experience changes and developments as you go from being a kid to an adult. We all experience puberty at different times in our adolescent years. We certainly don’t all have the same experiences.

People with a vagina may experience breast growth, growth spurts, more sweat and body odor, the start of a period (menstruation), acne, emotional changes, hair growth (pubic area, armpit, legs).

People with a penis may experience changes in the body, growth spurts, more sweat and body odor, a deepened voice, more sweat and body odor, acne, emotional changes, hair growth (pubic area, armpit, legs), erections, and wet dreams .

Check out the links to learn more about puberty.
Your Physical Health Puberty PDF
Amaze video on puberty

Rest and Sleep

Sleep is a very important part of your day. Adolescents need around 8 –10 hours of sleep per night. Research has even shown that youth and adolescents who do not get enough sleep have a higher risk of health and behavioral problems. Check out these links to learn more and to get some helpful sleeping tips.

Your Physical Health Importance of Sleep PDF
Your Physical Health Sleep Habit Tips PDF
Weight Management

Many things are involved in achieving and maintaining a healthy weight, including healthy eating, physical activity, optimal sleep, stress reduction, and more. Check out the links to learn more about good weight management.

Your Physical Health Nutrition Tips PDF

Your Physical Health Recipes and Healthy Eating Tips Resources PDF

Your Physical Health Eating Right on a Budget PDF

Your Sexual Health

The World Health Organization defines sexual health as a state of physical, emotional, mental and social well-being in relation to sexuality. It is not merely the absence of disease, dysfunction or infirmity. Sexual health requires a positive and respectful approach to sexuality and sexual relationships, as well as the possibility of having pleasurable and safe sexual experiences, free of coercion, discrimination and violence.

Sexual health related issues includes sexual orientation and gender identity, sexual expression, relationships, and pleasure. They also include negative consequences or conditions such as Infections like, sexually transmitted infected (STIs), unintended pregnancy and sexual violence. To learn more about sexual health be sure to see our list of references at the bottom of the page.

Contraception/Birth Control

Contraception (a.k.a. birth control) is a method used to prevent pregnancy.

There are many methods of birth control designed to prevent pregnancy. Some methods are more effective than others. Choosing a method is a personal decision. It is important to talk with your healthcare provider or call the Corner Health Center to discuss what method might be best for you.

To prevent unintended pregnancy, we encourage you to take time to learn more about birth control from one of our trust resources:

LARC/Long Acting Reversible Contraception

All birth control methods are effective, but LARCs are the most effective method of reversible birth control. LARCs include the implant and the IUD. Like many other methods, LARCs do not protect you against sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Be sure to use a condom to reduce your risk of infection.



LGBTQ is an acronym for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and, or questioning, and asexual. Each of these terms are used to describe a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity. People who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning, and asexual come from all walks of life and include people of all backgrounds, races, ethnicities, ages, and socioeconomic statuses. They come from all parts of the country.

Please take time to learn more about the LGBTQ+ Health from one of our trust resources:

If you are interested in learning more about our gender affirming care, call the Corner Health Center at 734-484-3600.


Hormone Replacement Therapy/HRT

Hormone therapy is a treatment process for those seeking to change their bodies physically to fit their gender identity. There are two types of hormone therapy: feminizing hormones (estrogen + testosterone blockers), and masculinizing hormones (testosterone).


Before you decide to have sex, or if you are already having sexual intercourse (oral, vaginal-penile, or penile-anal), you need to know how to stay healthy. Even if you think you know everything about sex, take a few minutes and read more from one of our trusted resources.

Your Sexual Health Healthy decisions about sex PDF


Almost any time a penis is in a vagina, pregnancy can happen. It is important to understand this process before participating in sexual relationships. It all starts with sperm cells and an egg. Sperm mixes with other fluids to make semen (aka cum) and will come out of a penis during ejaculation. Every time ejaculation happens, millions of sperm come out.

Pregnancy occurs when only one of those sperm meets an egg inside a women’s body. This is called fertilization. The fertilized egg (embryo) attaches itself to the wall of the uterus to grow into a fetus and, eventually, into a baby.

Anytime you have unprotected sex – when semen got inside your vagina, you’re not on regular birth control, a penis didn’t pull out of a vagina in time, or you didn’t use a condom or it broke – you can become pregnant.

Check out these resources about pregnancy from a trusted resource:


Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) or Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD’s) are infections you can get from having sex (vaginal, oral, anal). All STIs can affect anyone of any age, but they affect young people more. According to the violet project, people under the age 25 represent half of the 20 million new cases of STIs in the US every year. It is important to practice safe sex, which will protect you and your partner.

STIs include chlamydia, gonorrhea, herpes, syphilis, HIV, HPV, hepatitis B, trichomoniasis, and mycoplasma genitalium. The effect of each STI is different, but they can have both long terms and immediate effects and require a variety of treatments.

Condoms are still the only contraceptive method that also protect you from Sexual Transmitted Infections.

Using both internal and external condoms both can protect you from STI’s.

Even if you think you know everything you need to know about STIs, take a few minutes and read more from one of our trusted resources.
PDF healthy decisions about sex - AAP


Your Emotions and Mental Health – Handling how you feel and more

At the Corner, we can help you be healthy both physically and mentally. Our team of counselors and psychiatrists listen to young people when they need someone to talk to. Many young people come to the Corner to work through their parents’ divorce or deal with other issues at home. You can also meet with our counselors if you’re stressed about school, having trouble with friends, or just feeling blue. These visits are free and confidential

If you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide, there is help. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24 hours per day at 800-273-8255. During a crisis, people who are hard of hearing can call 800-799-4889.
Call Ozone House, a local 24 hour support line at (734) 662-2222.
Text HOME to 741741


According to the American Psychiatric Association, anxiety is a normal reaction to stress and, in some situations, can be beneficial. It can alert us to dangers and help us prepare and pay attention. Anxiety disorders differ from normal feelings of nervousness or anxiousness and involve excessive fear or anxiety. Anxiety disorders are the most common mental disorders, affecting nearly 30% of adults at some point in their lives. But a number of effective treatments are available that can hep most people lead normal, productive lives.

Anxiety disorders can cause people to try to avoid situations that trigger or worsen their symptoms. Job performance, school work and personal relationships can be affected.

There are several types of anxiety disorders, and those with anxiety may experience different symptoms. Children and adolescents generally voice a specific worry or fear, which they may not realize is excessive or unreasonable. They can also present with a physical complaint, such as stomachache or headache. Clinicians diagnose specific anxiety disorders by examining the context in which a child’s anxiety symptoms occur.

For more information please read more from a trusted resources American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder, also called manic depression, is a brain disorder that causes changes in a person’s mood, energy, and ability to function. People with bipolar disorder may experience very intense mood changes, such as mania (angry or very happy), depression (sad or crabby), and euthymia (normal mood). People with bipolar disorder also have neutral mood. When treated properly, people with bipolar are able to lead full and productive lives.

Check out more information on bipolar disorder from a trusted resource.
Suicide, mood disorder, and depression PDF


According to the American Psychiatric Association, Depression (major depressive disorder) is a common and serious medical illness that negatively affects how you feel, the way you think, and how you act. Depression causes feelings of sadness and/or a loss of interest in activities you once enjoyed. It can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems and can decrease your ability to function at work and at home.

Fortunately, depression is treatable.

Learn more about depression from a trust resource, The American Academy of Pediatrics Depression in Children and Adolescents PDF

Eating Disorder

According to the American Psychiatric Association, eating disorders are behavioral conditions characterized by severe and persistent disturbance in eating behaviors and associated distressing thoughts and emotions. They can be very serious conditions affecting physical, psychological and social function. Types of eating disorders include anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, avoidant restrictive food intake disorder, other specified feeding and eating disorder, pica and rumination disorder.

Eating disorders show up in different ways, but are all characterized by eating patterns that disrupt a person’s mental, physical and emotional health. Your Emotional Health Anorexia and Bulimia PDF

Seasonal Affective Disorder

According to the American Psychiatric Association Seasonal affective disorder* is a form of depression also known as SAD, seasonal depression or winter depression. In the Diagnostic Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), this disorder is identified as a type of depression: Major Depressive Disorder with Seasonal Pattern.

People with SAD experience mood changes and symptoms similar to depression. SAD happens only at a specific time of the year. A person who has SAD will become depressed in the fall and winter months, when the days get darker earlier and are shorter. This is brought on by the brain's response to daylight. When the days are longer and brighter, the depression subsides. Some of the signs and symptoms of SAD include:

  • Changes in mood
  • Negative thinking
  • Lack of enjoyment
  • Low energy
  • Changes in sleep
  • Changes in eating
  • Trouble concentrating
Substance Use (Smoking, alcohol, and drugs)

The use of tobacco, alcohol and other drugs is one of the biggest temptations facing young people today, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. Even if you use a substance only a few times, it can have an impact on your health.

Teens are more likely than adults to become addicted to drinking, smoking, or doing drugs. Did you know that your brain is the last organ in your body to finish developing? As a teen or young adult, your brain will make quicker connections in the rewards center of the brain. This part of the brain is stimulated by drugs and alcohol. This makes it easier for teens and young adults to become addicted to a substance. Because your brain (specifically the pre-front cortex) is the last to fully develop, your judgment, reasoning, self-control, and impulsiveness may cause you to make more risky decisions. You may think about the pleasure of having a drink or hit instead of the risk.

Nine out of 10 people who abuse or are addicted to nicotine, alcohol or other drugs began using before they turned 18, according to The National Child Traumatic Stress Network. People who began using before age 15 are nearly seven times more likely to develop an abuse or addiction problem than those who wait until they are age 21 or older.

Check out other resources about your emotions:
Your Mind
Your Emotional Health substance abuse - inhalants PDF


According to the American Psychiatry Association suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States and the second leading cause of death (after accidents) for people aged 10 to 34.

Suicide is linked to mental disorders, particularly depression and alcohol use disorders. The strongest risk factor for suicide is a previous suicide attempt.

The Suicide Prevention Resource Center defines risk and protective factors, and warning signs:

  • Risk factors are characteristics that make it more likely that an individual will consider, attempt or die by suicide.
  • Warning signs indicate an immediate risk of suicide.
  • Protective factors are characteristics that make it less likely that individuals will consider, attempt or die by suicide.

It is important to learn more about suicide, the risk and protective factors and warning signs so that you are able to help someone who may be in need.

If you know someone at immediate risk of self-harm, suicide, or hurting another person:

  • Ask the tough question: “Are you considering suicide?”
  • Listen to the person without judgment.
  • Call 911 or the local emergency number, or text TALK to 741741 to communicate with a trained crisis counselor.
  • Stay with the person until professional help arrives.
  • Try to remove any weapons, medications, or other potentially harmful objects from that person’s possession.

If you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide, a prevention hotline can help. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24 hours per day at 800-273-8255. During a crisis, people who are hard of hearing can call 800-799-4889.

Call Ozone House, a local 24 hour support line at (734) 662-2222.
Text HOME to 741741

Your Emotional Health Suicide mood disorder and depression PDF
Your Emotional Health Help Stop Teen Suicide PDF


Your Relationships – With yourself and others


Bullying is when one child picks on another child again and again. Usually, children who are being bullied are either weaker or smaller, shy, and generally feel helpless. Some children and youth are at higher risk of being bullied: those with disabilities or other special health care needs, and those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender.

Bullying occurs when there is an imbalance of power. Sometimes children argue or make bad choices in their behavior, which is not bullying.

Cyberbullying occurs electronically, through social media sites, texting, chat rooms, or instant messaging. Cyberbullying can happen any time, day or night, and is visible to many more people than traditional bullying. It’s very hard to undo or hide what the child who is cyberbullying has done.

Your Relationships Bullying PDF

Self harm

Self-harm or self-injury means hurting yourself on purpose. One common method is cutting with a sharp object. Anytime someone deliberately hurts themselve, it’s classified as self-harm. Some people feel an impulse to cause burns, pull out hair, or pick at wounds to prevent healing. Extreme injuries, including broken bones, can result.

Hurting yourself—or thinking about hurting yourself—is a sign of emotional distress. These uncomfortable emotions may grow more intense if a person continues to use self-harm as a coping mechanism. Learning ways to tolerate the mental pain will make you stronger in the long term. Self-harm isn’t the same as attempting suicide but it is a symptom of emotional pain that should be taken seriously.

Self-harm is not a mental illness, but a behavior that indicates a need for better coping skills. Several illnesses are associated with it, including borderline personality disorder, depression, eating disorders, anxiety or post-traumatic distress disorder. Self-harm occurs most often during the teenage and young adult years, though it can also happen later in life. At greatest risk are people who have experienced trauma, neglect or abuse. For instance, if a person grew up in an unstable family, self-harm might have become a coping mechanism. If a person binge drinks or uses illicit drugs, they are at greater risk of self-injury because alcohol and drugs lower self-control. If someone is hurting themselves, they may be at an increased risk of feeling suicidal. It’s important to find treatment for the underlying emotions.

Learn more about self-harm and how you can help here: Crisis Text Line

Your Rights and Other Resources – Getting the help that you need


If you are a Corner patient, you can receive services through age 25. We will then help you transition to a new health care provider and make sure you have enough medication while establishing your relationship with your new primary health care provider.

Human Trafficking

Human trafficking is when an individual is compelled to work or engage in commercial sex through the use of force, fraud or coercion. If you believe you may have information about a human trafficking situation:

Contact the National Human Trafficking Hotline, via phone-call to 1-888-373-7888, text to 233733, or chat at:

Minor Parents

Minors in Michigan have the right to choose care for their child, make decisions for their child, and arrange child support. Even if you are a minor, you can still be the legal parent of your child. Minors must have parental consent to put the child up for adoption.

Your Legal Rights

As a patient, you have a right to receive high-quality service without regard to your race, color, nationality, sex, ages, disability, marital status, sexual preference, or political beliefs. You also have the right to privacy and to expect that all of your personal and health information is kept confidential. If you want to learn more about your right and responsibilities as a patient, please contact us.

Minor Rights (under 18 years old)
The Corner Health Center is required by law to protect the rights of minors and will not give personal health information to family or guardians without written consent (permission) in the following situations:

  • Birth Control services
  • Pregnancy Testing and Pregnancy care
  • Sexually transmitted disease (STD) testing and treatment
  • Mental Health Counseling
  • Substance Abuse testing and counseling

Other information not listed as confidential for minors may be shared with your parents or guardians.

Mental Health Help and Your Rights – (ages 14 – 17 years old)
If you are from the age of 14 to 17 in the state of Michigan, you do not need your parents' consent (permission) to get mental health services. If you want to discuss how you are feeling, please call us at the Corner Health Center or your own health care provider to discuss how to get these services. Those 14 -17 years of age can get limited outpatient mental health services without permission of their parent(s) or guardian. These patient are allowed no more than 12 visits in a span of four months. This does not include medication. Any medication prescribe for this age group will need to be consented to by a parent or legal guardian.

If you are under the age of 13, please try to tell your parents that you aren't feeling well and would like to see a health care provider. What you are feeling may be depression or anxiety, but there are other factors causing you to feel like you do.

Your Rights Regarding Health Information About You
You have rights about the health information we keep about you. For example, you may get a copy of your health information.

Who can the health care provider tell?
Your health care provider cannot tell your parent(s) or guardian about any services or treatments listed above without your consent. This is a part of our privacy practice and is required by law.

Your health care provider WILL contact your parent(s) or guardian under certain circumstance
There are certain circumstances that will require a health care professional to contact your parent(s) or guardian about your services, but the health care professional will be sure to tell you that they are planning to tell your parent(s) or guardian. In some cases, they will need to contact the other person involved and/or the police.

Parents will be contacted about your services if:

  • the health care professional believes that you may harm yourself.
  • you threaten to hurt someone, and the health care professional believes you will actually hurt someone. This is also a time when they may need to contact the other person and the police.

This is required by law and is for your protection and the protection of the other people involved.

This information from the Michigan Organization on Adolescent Sexual Health is about your health care, parenting, and educational rights as an expectant or parenting youth:

If you feel that your rights have been violated, please file a complaint with our HIPAA Officer, at 734.714.2241, or with the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services.