STDs continue to burden Kitsap County with incidences growing each passing year significantly. In 2014, 1,187 cases were recorded in the county.
The number of people living with Chlamydia infection that year was 920 at a rate of 359.5 per 100,000 cases. This was a general increase from the 685 incidences reported in 2006 at a rate of 280 per 100,000 cases.
Although the county’s Gonorrhea rates remain lower than the state’s rates, the number of incidences reported in 2017 was six times higher than that reported in 2010.
In 2016, 8 new cases of HIV were reported in Kitsap County. 283 people were reported to be living with the virus at a rate of 107.4 per 100,000 cases.
Keith Grellner, the Kitsap district health administrator, notes that it’s not a coincidence that the infections have been on the rise since foundational public health fund was cut.
Planned Parenthood-Bremerton Health Center located in Riddell Rd Suite A and Kitsap County Family Planning located on 345 6th Street are some of the clinics where you can get to know your status.
Other convenient testing options for Bremerton residents include Gay City: HIV Testing out of the Closet located on Pike Street, Seattle, and Peninsula Community Health Services located on 6th Street, Bremerton.
You can get free STD testing services from some of the clinics through the state-funded program, but you may have to be uninsured to be eligible. Test results might also take longer than expected.