What are the STI test options in Bellevue,WA?
As part of King County, Bellevue shares Seattle’s STD problems to some degree, though their HIV rate is much lower. In 2013, Bellevue’s HIV rate was 88.5 per 100K people while King County’s was 326.9, with most of the cases being in Seattle. While unprotected sex accounts for many of the HIV cases in King County, health officials also blame injection drug use, particularly heroin and meth, for the rising rates.
Syphilis has gone up in King County, as in the rest of Washington, with a 200% increase from 2007–2017. This is especially a problem for pregnant women, as syphilis can be fatal to a baby.
Medical professionals recommend regular screening, since syphilis can be cured easily if caught early.
There are a few STD-testing clinics in Bellevue, and more in Seattle, Kirkland, and Redmond if you can get there (and it can be easier to find free STD testing in larger cities). Immediate Clinic on 8th St screens for STDs.
Planned Parenthood, further west on 8th St, tests for all STIs and treats all except HIV. Their fees are affordable and depend on your income. Summit Primary Care & Walk-In Clinic is located on Factoria Blvd and provides STD testing.
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