Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) are the most commonly reported infectious diseases in Maryland, particularly in the state’s midwestern region. In fact, STDs account for 73% of notifiable diseases in Washington State.
In 2018 Q1 STD Analysis Report by the Seattle & King County Public Health, King County documented 2,526 chlamydia incidences in 2018, a 0.9% decrease as compared to 2017’s 2,549 cases. Gonorrhea cases rose from 974 in 207Q1 to 1,191 in 2018Q1, a 22.3% increase.
Meanwhile, there were 229 syphilis cases in King County. Most early syphilis cases occurred among the MSM population with a total of 163 new diagnoses. Only five cases were reported among MSW population.
The Integrated HIV Prevention and Care Plan (2017-2021) by the Washington State Department of Health aims to prevent STD/HIV spread in the state by reducing HIV transmissions by 50%, increase the number of people under HIV care to 80%, reduce HIV related medical issues, and improve the quality of health among the infected persons.
Testing services may be available in the following locations where Mercer Island resident may go: The Harborview Medical Center at 908 Jefferson St, Seattle; The Center for Multicultural Health at 1120 E Terrace St; or the Life Long STD clinic at 1016 E Pike St.
Other alternatives include the Planned Parenthood STD Clinic at 2001 E Madison, and the U-Test and Seattle Area Support Group at 1520 Bellevue Ave.
You may turn to other nearby clinics that may offer low-cost or free STD testing services in Mercer Island but you may deal with inconsistent waiting times and doctors might be unavailable. You may also not get after-care treatment drugs if you test positive.