What are the STI test options in Lakewood,WA?
Lakewood, Washington, located in Pierce County, was named one of the hundred best communities for young people in the nation—for six years in a row. Growing in popularity with young people has led to a small rise in Pierce County’s population, and a significant increase of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). The community of Lakewood is taking strides to improve education on sexual health. The Care Net Pregnancy and Family Services of Puget Sound on Gravelly Lake drive offers Smart programs for teens, parents, and schools.
According to data collected in 2014 by the state of Washington, chlamydia rates are at 532.3 per 100,000 in the Lakewood area as compared to the state’s rate of 376.7.
Gonorrhea rates were reported at 154.8 per 100,000 people (higher than the state average of 88.1). Primary and secondary syphilis cases, however, are at 3.7 per 100,000 which is lower than the state average of 4.8. Genital herpes also at a slightly elevated rate of 48.7 for every 100,000 people in Pierce County.
If you need to get tested for STIs in the Lakewood area, there are not many options outside your general practitioner. If you don’t have a regular doctor, your best bet is to travel to the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department in Tacoma on D street. They provide resources, STD testing for chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis as well as HIV screening and PrEP. Call first to confirm walk-in hours for testing and potential costs. While there is no free STD testing in Lakewood at this time, keep an eye on events over at Pierce College and Clover Park Technical. They may offer free testing opportunities during back to school season or in April for STD awareness month.
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