Many remarkable things can be said about the town of Cottage Lake. However, there is nothing to smile about when it comes to STDs, especially in King County, in which it’s situated.
According to a report by the Seattle & King County Public Health, the county recorded 8,533 incidences of chlamydia in 2015 with a prevalence of 416.0 per 100,000 populations. In 2018Q1, the county recorded 2,526 chlamydia incidences.
Additionally, there were 2,984 new cases of gonorrhea in 2015 with an incident rate of 145.0. Most of these infections occurred among White, Non-Hispanic individuals.
Doing It is a campaign whose mission is to urge people to get tested and know their HIV status. It convinces adults to maintain regular HIV testing as part of their health check-up routines. Further, the Partnering and Communication Together (PACT) does community outreach on testing and prevention as well as care retention for HIV+ persons.
Cottage Lake residents can access STD/HIV care services from various locations within the county. For instance, you can visit the Wellness for Washington Women (3W) center along 4th and 8th Ave E.
You may consider other alternatives like the Gay City Seattle LGBTQ Center on E Pike and Summit Ave or the Project NEON situated along Pine St. The latter may provide confidential HIV testing as well as safe sex kits and supplies.
You can also consider local health centers that might render free STD testing clinics within Cottage Lake. However, most of them may have inconsistent opening and waiting hours. In addition, these medical centers may not provide after care prescriptions if your test results turn out positive.