STD rates have seen increases in recent years and Thurston County ranks fairly on par with overall state rankings. Ranking in the top 20 for sexual health among states, residents of Olympia can maintain health and continue improving these statistics through safer sex practices, regular testing, and staying armed with relevant information.
By 2016 there was a rate of 427 chlamydia cases, 96 gonorrhea cases, and 7 primary and secondary syphilis cases per 100,000 residents across Thurston County. These are the three most commonly reported and diagnosed sexually transmitted diseases.
And yet, just two decades ago syphilis was almost eradicated. Responding to this rising threat, programs and clinics throughout the Olympia and Thurston County areas offer condom distribution, needle exchange, and free STD testing to residents that meet the income qualifications.
What’s the best way to stay healthy? Get tested! Health professional and public health officials recommend regular testing for all sexually active persons, with the frequency of testing based on risk level.
The city of Olympia has many options: from Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands located on Legion Way, to Sea Mar Community Health Centers on Limited Lane, and PCAF Olympia located on 4th Avenue East.