There’s so much to do in Yakima, Washington. It’s a land of rich soil. All the beer and wineries make it a fun place to explore the dating scene. With the increase of dating apps and “hook-up” culture, the Yakima area is experiencing a rise in STD rates—even higher than those at the statewide level.
Their chlamydia rates of 2017 are 46% higher than those of the state of Washington. This makes them 2nd highest county for chlamydia infections.
Also on the rise, gonorrhea. 25 percent higher in the Yakima area than the state average, ranking them 3rd out of all Washington counties. The Department of Health is taking this increase very seriously. They are urging all sexually active men and women to go in for STD testing and treatment, even if you have no symptoms.
Primary and secondary syphilis is also at a current high for the last decade, now up to 3 cases per 100,000 people as compared to only 1 case per 100,000 people back in 1996. Yakima reports finding syphilis most commonly in their male residents aged 25-29.
To get tested for STIs or screened for HIV in your area, check out Planned Parenthood on Tieton Drive. They provide free condoms and accept Medicaid. Their STD tests offered are: bacterial vaginosis (BV), herpes, genital warts, gonorrhea, syphilis, chlamydia, and trichomoniasis. For more affordable testing, head over to Life Choices on 11th Ave where you may be eligible for free testing of chlamydia and gonorrhea. Their hours are limited, so maybe call ahead to book your visit.
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