Pierce County experienced fluctuating STD infections numbers over the past years. In 2013, the number of HIV infections was 921 cases and hiked to 964 incidents in 2014.
Chlamydia infections were the highest and recorded an upsurge from 4298 new positive diagnoses at a rate of 527.7 per 100,000 population in 2013 to 4372 new incidents in 2014 at a prevalence rate of 532.3 per 100,000 people.
Genital Herpes infections also showcased a rise from 364 new cases at a rate of 44.7 in 2013 to 400 positive diagnoses in 2014, which had an occurrence rate of 48.7 per 100,000 residents.
Gonorrhea incidents indicated an escalation from 966 infections happening at a prevalence rate of 118.6 per 100,000 persons in 2013 to 1271 positive diagnoses at a rate of 154.8 per 100,000 individuals.
Primary and Secondary Syphilis positive diagnoses slightly elevated from 28 infections at a rate of 3.4 to 30 incidents at a prevalence of 3.7.
Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department has various programs tailored to prevent STD incidence rates among Pierce County residents. The immunization programs cater to the vaccination of individuals who need Hepatitis and HPV vaccines. Additionally, the STD prevention program entails STD testing, treatment, counseling, and linkage to case management providers.
Planned Parenthood – Puyallup Health Center, Cedar River Clinics, and Pierce County AIDS Foundation are some facilities that offer low-priced or free STD testing in the Bonney Lake area.
The negative impacts of seeking STD services in free STD testing facilities may include lack of after test care prescriptions, and free services may depend on income or welfare eligibility.