Spanaway region, in Washington continue to record a rise in sexually transmitted diseases. Public health agencies have pointed out Chlamydia, syphilis and gonorrhea as the most common STD.
A recent STD data report by the Disease Control and Health Statistics and the Strategic Communications Office shows a significant increase in new infections. Primary and secondary syphilis had 566 cases reported in 2016 an increase of 20% from the previous 453 cases. Congenital syphilis increased by 2 cases from 2015’s 3 cases. Gonorrhea and chlamydia new infections skyrocketed from 7,203 to 8,165 and from 28,748 to 31,193 in 2016.
There was disproportional impact on STD prevalence among the gays, bisexuals, men who have sex with men, pregnant women and young women between 20 and 24 years. Congenital syphilis has a flat rate of less than one case in a year but 2016 had the highest of 5 cases since 1992.
The Department of Health in a pact with public health agencies has an initiate that seeks to investigate the spread of STD, effective measures to combat the diseases as well as encourage people to get screened and tested. Medication is then prescribed along with education and support services to avoid recurrence.
Spanaway Family Medical Clinic found along 188th south street, Buck Brannaman Clinic on the 17812 14th avenue and Planned Parenthood clinics in Tacoma are some of the public facilities that provide screening and testing services.
While there are clinics that require you to pay for services, some may offer free STD testing and screening. However, the tests may not be comprehensive and you might not find doctors on site for consultation.