According to county health reports, there was a drop in HIV infections in Monroe, a city in Snohomish County. The cases dropped from 36 in 2016 to 20 cases in 2018. Most cases were identified among men in the 25 to 34 age group.
However, STD cases have been increasing from 2012 to 2014. Chlamydia infections were 1,871 at a rate of 258.8 in 2012 and rose gradually to 2006 at 376.1 in 2014. Most affected were women in the 20 to 24 age group.
Gonorrhea cases were 165 at 22.8 in 2012 and peaked at 402 at 88.1 in 2014. The infections were prevalent among males in the 20 to 24 age group.
Syphilis cases were 12 at 1.7 in 2012, and by 2018, there was a total of 27 new cases at 4.8 in 2014.
Due to the increasing STDs cases, Snohomish County Health Department utilizes and expands the number of Disease Intervention Specialists (DIS) to identify HIV/STD individuals and connect them to care treatment during the early stages of the infections. There are also preventive campaigns and awareness creation across the county targeting both PLWHA and individuals at risk of contracting infections.
Regular sexual health check-ups are among the measures to prevent new HIV/STDs cases. Fortunately, there are numerous health facilities in Monroe city, including Planned Parenthood- Everett Health Center and The Everett Clinic- Urgent care, that you can visit. Evergreen Health Monroe Medical Center and Kaiser Permanente Everett Medical Center also provide sexual health services.
You can easily find clinics across the city, providing free STD testing for Syphilis, HIV, Herpes, Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, and more. However, you may have to endure long wait times, and the tests may not be comprehensive.