Benton County was one of the top Washington counties with the highest STD rates in 2016. The rate of gonorrhea increased to 135 per 100,000 cases with a total of 258 residents living with the disease. However, there was positive news with the number of Syphilis cases reducing to just 4.
In 2017, the number of Chlamydia cases in Benton County was 906 with a rate of 468.2 per 100,000 instances. 64 incidents of Herpes were also recorded with a rate of 33.1 per 100,000 cases.
The county, however, ranked low in the number of new cases of HIV/AIDS compared to other Counties in Washington State with an average rate of 2.69 per 100,000 instances. Only 3 new cases were recorded in 2017.
The Benton Health department has been working tirelessly to find a way of addressing the ever-growing concern on the prevalence of STDs. Creating awareness for the residents and encouraging area healthcare providers to offer treatment to patients’ partners is one of the major steps they have taken.
There are many clinics in Richland offering STD testing services conveniently and at a pocket-friendly fee, some even offer free STD testing services. For the latter, however, doctor consultation might cost a little extra charge.
Some of these clinics include Colville Community Health Centre on Clay St Colville, Planned Parenthood located in Bonnie Pl. Kennewick, and Palm at Yakima Spruce located on Spruce St Yakima. STD testing options here are available and strategically located for convenience.