Silverdale is an unincorporated community within Kitsap County. The county’s health officials observed that the number of newly diagnosed HIV cases increased from six to eight cases in 2016.
That aside, there was a notable spike in the number of new Chlamydia cases. In 2013, there were 897 cases at a prevalence rate of 359.5 per 100,000, whereas in 2014, a total of 920 cases were recorded at a rate of 359.5.
Public health professionals at the Kitsap County Health Department identified a significant increase in Gonorrhea incidences between 2012 and 2014. As of 2012, there were only 57 new cases at a rate of 22.4 per 100,000 while by 2014, the number of new cases stood at 183 at a prevalence rate of 71.5 in every population of 100,000.
Additionally, a slight inclination was observed in the number of new Syphilis infections in 2012 and 2014. There were five new infections in 2012, and six were recorded in 2014.
Public and private health service providers in Kitsap County have shown concern over the growing rate of new HIV/STD infections. Through a partnership with the statewide health department, they’ve developed strategies to prevent further spread of the diseases. Such strategies include coordinating syringe exchange programs for injecting drug users, providing access to training and education on HIV matters, expedited partner therapy, and condom and PrEP distribution.
Planned Parenthood – The Bremerton Health Center, The Doctors Clinic: Urgent Care, Peninsula Community Health Services Silverdale Medical Clinic, and the Kitsap Public Health District Bremerton Clinic are some clinics that offer affordable to free STD testing.
Unfortunately, you may need an appointment to be served in specific clinics, and other healthcare providers may require you to qualify under specific guidelines for various services.