Since 2010, new incidences of STDs (sexually transmitted infections) have undeviatingly grown in number in Washington, and Pierce County ranked the last among the three largest Washington state counties with the healthiest population. The other two large counties include King and Snohomish.
Pierce County, an area with a population of about 900,000 persons in 2018, recorded an STD rate of 555 incidences per 100,000 people. In the same year, Parkland city was among the zip codes with the highest cases of chlamydia, with 184 cases.
Between 2011 and 2014, gonorrhea incidences have increased; from 400 to 1200. It had a prevalence rate of 152. Additionally, there were 30 cases of syphilis in 2014 with an incident rate of 3.7.
The Pierce County AIDS Foundation (PCAF), using its philosophy that HIV reduction remains consistent with the community value of self-determination, and availing care services to an individual’s location. Thus, it provides community education, medical care and case management for individuals living with HIV/STDs.
Parkland residents who would like to get tested may receive STD screening services at the Planned Parenthood Clinic (Great Northwest Puyallup Health Center) on 30th Avenue SW, the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department Clinic along S D Street.
Another alternative is the Hilltop Family Health Center, which lies on Martin Luther King Jr. Way. Nestled along Cushman Avenue, the Sea Mar CHC Tacoma Medical Clinic may also offer screening for STDs and HIV blood test.
Other clinical facilities within Parklands may provide free STD testing, but you may not have the chance to consult a physician. Also, you may have to wait too long to get the services, not to mention you might wait for the results for more than two weeks