There’s so much to do in Kennewick, Washington. “The Grassy Place” is a fertile land that easily accommodated the craft beer, winery, and distillery boom, among many other urban amenities. This urbanization and modernization of the dating scene, with the increase of dating apps and “hook-up” culture in the Tri-Cities area—including Pascos across the Columbia River, and Richland across the Yakima River— is hypothesized to be contributing to a rise in STD rates; even higher than those of the rest of The Evergreen State.
Their chlamydia rates for 2017 are 46% higher than the state average. This makes them 2nd highest region for chlamydia infections.
Also on the rise, gonorrhea. 25 percent higher in the Tri-Cities area than the state average. The Department of Health for Benton County is taking this increase very seriously. They are urging all sexually active men and women in the Kennewick area to go in for STD testing and treatment, even if you have no symptoms.
Primary and secondary syphilis is also at a current high for the last decade, now up to 3 cases per 100,000 people as compared to only 1 case per 100,000 people back in 1996. Benton County health officials report finding syphilis most commonly in their male residents aged 25-29.
To get tested for STIs or screened for HIV in your area, check out Planned Parenthood – Kennewick Health Center on Bonnie Place. They provide free condoms and accept Medicaid. Their STD tests offered are: BV, herpes, genital warts, gonorrhea, syphilis, chlamydia, and trichomoniasis. There is also You Medical on Clearwater street. Call in advance to assure appointment availability and see if you qualify for free testing.
To find the best services and location for you, use our search tools below to compare location features across Kennewick clinics with our easy-to-read chart.