In 2016, there were 1,324 people living with HIV or AIDS in Pierce County, with a prevalence rate of 156.2 per 100K people, a bit below Washington’s rate of 172.6. Also in 2016, Pierce County’s chlamydia rate was 588.3, above Washington’s rate of 435.9. The gonorrhea and (primary and secondary) syphilis rates were 140.6 and 6.6.
Health officials say that the STD rates are probably higher than the numbers suggest, but there are a lot of people that don’t know they are infected.
Most STIs are asymptomatic in the early stages, leading people to believe they are fine. But if you are sexually active, the only way to know your sexual health status for sure is to be tested regularly. STDs can cause irreversible damage if left undetected and untreated and, of course, they can be passed on to others.
South Hill has a few clinics, and there are more options in Puyallup and Tacoma. A faith-based clinic that advises pregnant women provides free STD testing for women only. There is a Planned Parenthood in Puyallup. They test for STIs and treat all except HIV, and the fee is on a sliding scale. You can also be tested and treated at the MultiCare Indigo Urgent Care in Puyallup.