What are the STI test options in Puyallup,WA?
Whether north or south of the Puyallup River in Pierce County Washington, the city of Puyallup is seeing rapid increases in their infectious diseases. In the last five years, the prevalence rates of both HIV and STDs have continued to climb.
In fact, within Pierce County and Puyallup, the rise of the HIV prevalence rate from 2014 to 2018 was more than three times that of the entire state of Washington. With 43 additional cases, the area saw an increase of 29.1% while the state saw only an 8.9% increase.
STD prevalence rates rose as well with a 7.1% upward swing for the area during that same period. This is less than half of the increase actualized by the state as a whole, which was 19.1%
“The problem is compounded by our community catching the backlash from the behavior of the larger areas surrounding us like Tacoma and Seattle.”
For individuals looking to get tested for STDs and HIV, there are resources in Puyallup and its surrounding areas. Some of these offer free STD testing for those who cannot afford to pay. However, bear in mind that these services are often offered at inconvenient hours and have inconsistent or long wait times.
Within the city of Puyallup, Sea Mar Community Health Centers’ Puyallup Medical Clinic advertises STD and HIV testing among its services. In addition, Planned Parenthood has the Puyallup Health Center on 30th that also lists these screening services; among others.
Furthermore, the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department on South D Street has an STD/HIV Clinic. This clinic has specific hours and days for its offerings.