King County where Tukwila seats in Washington state has been struggling to curb the spread of sexually transmitted diseases in the city that has been hitting new highs every year. It’s no news as 73% of all communicable disease report in Washington are STIs and STDs.
Annual Washington State Department of Health paints the picture of this dramatic increases. In 2015, 28,748 new cases of chlamydia were reported, 7,203 for gonorrhea, 1,127 cases of syphilis and 2,525 genital herpes incidences. In 2017, the numbers have jumped to 32,454, 10, 022, 1,760 and 2,058 respectively. A drop was noted in genital herpes.
World Health Organization has established that 1 in every 3 untreated STDs will result in infertility, tubal pregnancy, maternal mortality, chronic liver diseases, cancer and can be fatal. 40% of congenital cases result in infant blindness or cataracts.
The Department of Health has trying to control the economic and health burden that results from STD through test and treat programs but more fundamentally on prevention campaigns statewide. Most STDs are indeed curable and treatable but the new diagnoses rate is alarming.
Looking for STD clinics in Tukwila, here are some public health centers that offer the service; Renton Public Health Center along 3201 7th street NE, AFC Urgent Care Southcentre on 68th Avenue 18012 and Kent Valle Health Center-Planned Parenthood on SE 10056 240.
Furthermore, there are local clinics within the region that may offer free STD testing services. However, the clinics might not have walk-in options or you may encounter long waiting hours before you’re served. Besides, the test results may delay results for up to two weeks and the services may lack confidentiality since people might know your purpose of visit.