In Pierce County, chlamydia cases rose from 4,976 in 2016 to 5,434 in 2017. Gonorrhea cases also rose, especially in men. Syphilis cases are up 200%, an especially alarming increase in a disease that was almost non-existent two decades ago. And not all STDs come with early warning signs.
Especially at risk are pregnant women, who can experience negative consequences for themselves and their unborn children.
Stay safe with regular testing! Private and public testing centers can be found scattered throughout the city. From the Feminist Women’s Health Center on Martin Luther King Way to the Planned Parenthood on Martin Luther King Jr. Way, there are many options that can include free STD testing though not all results will be readily available.
Pierce County is also utilizing technology, including smartphone apps, to help increase public awareness about STDs and safe sex practices.