What are the STI test options in Sammamish,WA?
In King County, where Sammamish is, HIV rates are on the downswing. For example, in 2017, the most recent year for which HIV data is available, health officials reported 161 new HIV diagnoses.
Not since 1994 have rates been that low. However, figures for the first quarter of 2018 show that rates for STDs such as gonorrhea, chlamydia and syphilis have increased.
Health officials in King County credit prevention interventions such as needle exchange programs for the drop in HIV rates. They also cite an efficient area medical system, federal funding, expanded Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act.
King County was one of the first major metro areas in the United States to reach a World Health Organization milestone known as 90-90-90. It stands for 90 percent of HIV-infected residents being aware of their status, 90 percent on antiretroviral treatment and 90 percent virally suppressed. In Washington state, HIV infection rates have remained stable.
Despite the relatively low HIV rates, health officials in King County urge against complacency. They encourage sexually active people to get regular HIV testing.
Some clinics in King County, most in Seattle, serve particular populations such as Latino men who have sex with men, Latinos, people of color or gay men. Spanish speakers are available at most clinics. Many of the facilities use a sliding scale based on income to charge fees. In some cases, that means free STD testing, and at least one clinic offers free testing. However, free testing can mean traveling to Seattle from Sammamish. It can also mean inconvenient times, long wait times and results that are not immediate.
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- Please contact the individual public clinic to confirm pricing. Test pricing at public clinics many times depend on income and welfare eligibility.