What are the STI test options in Kent,WA?
The Seattle area has STD problems, which Kent shares to some degree. In 2013, King County’s HIV rate was 326.9 per 100K, with most of the cases being in Seattle.
Health officials blame some of the cases on injected drug use and have set up some needle exchanges in the city. They are also prescribing PrEP to at-risk populations, distributing condoms, and aiming toward suppressing viral load.
Syphilis has gone up in King County, as in the rest of Washington, with a 200% increase from 2007–2017. Medical professionals recommend regular screening, especially for MSM and pregnant women, since syphilis can be cured easily if caught early.
There are a few STD-testing clinics in Kent, and more in Seattle if you can get there (and it can be easier to find free STD testing in larger cities). Planned Parenthood, located on SE 240th St, tests for all STIs and treats all except HIV. Their fees are affordable and depend on your income.
Family Care of Kent is nearby on the same street and tests for all STIs, and they also prescribe PrEP. The Kent Public Health Center screens for all STDs and has special “teen clinic” times as well. You can find them on 10th Ave SE.
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