STD trends in Washington counties have reached concerning levels. Spokane County’s STD counts continue to rise. County health officials are sending are hoping for dire interventions to curb the STD rates in Spokane.
According to the Washington State Department of Health (WSDH), chlamydia rate in 2014 was 442.1. The total number of new infections was 2,142. That signified an increase, considering there were 2,037 cases in 2013 and, further down, 1,923 incidences in 2012.
The county also documented 530 incidences of gonorrhea in 2014 with a rate of 109.4 per 100,000 populations. In the same year, there were 11 new infections of P&S syphilis.
The WSDH HIV Prevention Program hopes to slow down STD rates through partnerships with local STD care centers that provide HIV interventions. It aims to achieve that through the provision of PrEP and testing services. Additionally, it has a training program for licensure at the CPR Safety Services along Wellesley Ave.
Spokane County has many testing clinics in Opportunity where you may receive STD/HIV care. For example, the Spokane Regional Health District located along W College Ave may offer HIV case management, PrEP services, needle exchange programs, as well as testing and counseling.
Other STD clinics include Columbia Medical Associates Health Center (Denny Murphy Clinic) along West 2nd Rd, Planned Parenthood clinic on East Indiana and E. Main St. Otherwise, you can also visit the Unify Community Health clinic at 1603 N Belt St.
Some STD care option in Opportunity may offer free STD testing. However, doctor consultations might not be available and the test results may delay. Besides, people might know the reason for your visit.