What are the STI test options in Seattle,WA?
The state is fortunate enough to be among the best for overall sexual health, and this includes the city of Seattle. However, the looming STD epidemic still remains a problem here.
Health officials urge all sexually active persons to seek out regular STD testing in order to keep themselves and their partners safe.
The three most commonly reported STDs are: chlamydia (coming in first with the most reported cases), gonorrhea, and syphilis. Gonorrhea is showing an alarming trend towards antibiotic resistance.
Syphilis, a disease that remained rare for almost two decades – is now on the rise and presents especially dangerous conditions when transmitted from mother to infant. Syphilis rates increased by 24% from 2015 to 2016. Across King County chlamydia increased from 9,400 cases in 2016 to 9,760 cases in 2017.
Seattle has many testing locations throughout the city. On Jefferson Street you’ll find a location for the Public Health Department of Seattle and King County, on Madison Street you’ll find the Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands, and on 29th Avenue South you’ll find the Neighborhood House. Minors over the age of 14 do not require parental consent or notification in order to receive STD or STI testing.
You can even take advantage of free STD testing sites, especially during April which is Awareness Month. College students also have the option of visiting the campus health clinic to find additional information. Be forewarned, there can be long lines which can comprise your anonymity.
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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.