Free STD Testing in Washington

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that around 20 million new sexually transmitted infections (STIs) occur annually in the U.S. on a national level. Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are reportedly on the rise since 2010. Particularly worrisome is the rise in rates of common STDs, including gonorrhea, chlamydia, and syphilis. In Washington state (W.A.) STD rates are continually increasing. The rates of common STDs are all going up, specifically among bisexuals, gays, and men who have sex with men, as well as those who use drugs.

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Labcorp/dynacare

No Appointment Required

275 Se Cabot Dr Suite A-09, Oak Harbor, Washington 98277

Tel: 3606755133


Tests Offered

  • • Gonorrhea Testing
  • • Syphilis Testing
  • • Hepatitis A Testing
  • • Hepatitis B Testing
  • • Hepatitis C Testing
  • • Herpes Testing
  • • Chlamydia Testing
  • • Rapid HIV Testing
  • • Conventional HIV Testing

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Today's best offer is: $10 off any order. Discount will be applied automatically.

Swedish Ballard Hospital

No Appointment Required

5300 Tallman Ave Nw, Seattle, Washington 98107

Tel: 2067816360


Tests Offered

  • • Gonorrhea Testing
  • • Syphilis Testing
  • • Hepatitis A Testing
  • • Hepatitis B Testing
  • • Hepatitis C Testing
  • • Herpes Testing
  • • Chlamydia Testing
  • • Rapid HIV Testing
  • • Conventional HIV Testing

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Today's best offer is: $10 off any order. Discount will be applied automatically.

Issaquah

No Appointment Required

450 Nw Gilman Blvd #207, Issaquah, Washington 98027

Tel: 4253918629


Tests Offered

  • • Gonorrhea Testing
  • • Syphilis Testing
  • • Hepatitis A Testing
  • • Hepatitis B Testing
  • • Hepatitis C Testing
  • • Herpes Testing
  • • Chlamydia Testing
  • • Rapid HIV Testing
  • • Conventional HIV Testing

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Today's best offer is: $10 off any order. Discount will be applied automatically.

Labcorp

No Appointment Required

5130 Corporate Center Ct Se, Lacey, Washington 98503

Tel: 3604564663


Tests Offered

  • • Gonorrhea Testing
  • • Syphilis Testing
  • • Hepatitis A Testing
  • • Hepatitis B Testing
  • • Hepatitis C Testing
  • • Herpes Testing
  • • Chlamydia Testing
  • • Rapid HIV Testing
  • • Conventional HIV Testing

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Today's best offer is: $10 off any order. Discount will be applied automatically.

Labcorp

No Appointment Required

550 17th Ave Ste 200, Seattle, Washington 98122

Tel: 2068617030


Tests Offered

  • • Gonorrhea Testing
  • • Syphilis Testing
  • • Hepatitis A Testing
  • • Hepatitis B Testing
  • • Hepatitis C Testing
  • • Herpes Testing
  • • Chlamydia Testing
  • • Rapid HIV Testing
  • • Conventional HIV Testing

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Today's best offer is: $10 off any order. Discount will be applied automatically.

San Juan County Health Department Department of Health and Community Services

145 Rhone St, Friday Harbor, Washington 98250

Tel: (360) 378-4474

Tel: (360) 378-7036


Appointment Required: Yes


Tests Offered

  • • Hepatitis C Testing
  • • TB Testing

Care Services Offered

  • • Adult Hepatitis B Vaccine
  • • Human Papillomavirus Vaccine
  • • TB Treatment

Prevention Services Offered

  • • TB Prevention/Education
  • • HIV/AIDS Prevention/Education
  • • Hepatitis Prevention/Education

Fees & Payment Information

  • • Fee
  • • Medicaid Accepted
  • • Sliding Scale
  • • Insurance Accepted

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PCAF Olympia

PCAF Olympia also provides: Personal items such as shampoo and laundry soap, weekly bags of fresh foods, medical transportation; monthly seminars on HIV and related issues; support groups; support connecting to other services. Condoms provided for free.

2101 4th Ave E, Ste 103, Olympia, Washington 98506

Tel: (360) 352-2375

Tel: (360) 352-1494


Appointment Required: Yes


Tests Offered

  • • Rapid HIV Testing
  • • Conventional HIV Testing

Prevention Services Offered

  • • STD Prevention/Education
  • • HIV/AIDS Prevention/Education
  • • HIV Test Counseling
  • • Condom Distribution

Fees & Payment Information

  • • Donations Accepted
  • • Free HIV Testing
  • • No Fee

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Blue Mountain Heart to Heart

HIV and Hepatitis C testing available to people with risk factors. PrEP referrals and consulting, naloxone overdose reversal device distribution to laypersons and first responders.

1520 Kelly Pl, Ste 120, Walla Walla, Washington 99362

Tel: (509) 936-6823


Appointment Required: Yes


Tests Offered

  • • Hepatitis C Testing
  • • Rapid HIV Testing
  • • Conventional HIV Testing

Care Services Offered

  • • Medication Adherence Education and Counseling

Prevention Services Offered

  • • STD Prevention/Education
  • • HIV/AIDS Prevention/Education
  • • HIV Test Counseling
  • • Hepatitis Prevention/Education
  • • Harm Reduction
  • • Needle Cleaning, Needle Exchange or Needle Distribution

Fees & Payment Information

  • • Donations Accepted
  • • Free HIV Testing
  • • No Fee
  • • Free Hepatitis C Testing

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Thurston County Public Health and Social Services Department

412 Lilly Rd NE, Olympia, Washington 98506

Tel: (360) 867-2500

Tel: (360) 867-2601


Appointment Required: Yes


Tests Offered

  • • TB Testing

Prevention Services Offered

  • • TB Prevention/Education
  • • STD Prevention/Education
  • • HIV/AIDS Prevention/Education
  • • Hepatitis Prevention/Education
  • • Condom Distribution
  • • Needle Cleaning, Needle Exchange or Needle Distribution

Fees & Payment Information

  • • Fee
  • • Sliding Scale
  • • Free HIV Testing
  • • Free Hepatitis C Testing

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Community Health Association of Spokane Southgate Clinic

5620 S Regal St, Ste 11, Spokane, Washington 99223

Tel: (509) 444-8200

Tel: (866) 907-8200

Tel: (509) 340-0565


Appointment Required: Yes


Tests Offered

  • • Hepatitis C Testing
  • • Conventional HIV Testing

Care Services Offered

  • • Family Planning
  • • Adult Hepatitis B Vaccine
  • • Hepatitis C Treatment
  • • HIV/AIDS Medical Treatment

Prevention Services Offered

  • • STD Prevention/Education
  • • HIV/AIDS Prevention/Education
  • • HIV Test Counseling

Fees & Payment Information

  • • Fee
  • • Medicaid Accepted
  • • Medicare Accepted
  • • Sliding Scale
  • • Insurance Accepted
  • • PrEP for uninsured

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Which Method of STD Testing is Suitable for Me?

STD testing options in Washington

Every sexually active individual must protect their sexual health. Regular STD testing is the only way to care for your sexual health. However, sometimes it becomes confusing to select the right testing method as there are so many options available. For your convenience, we have gathered information about all available STD testing methods in Washington. Check them out to find out which option is suitable for you.

Testing MethodWaiting TimesSpeed of ResultsPositive Consultation

Private Testing (Walk-In Clinic)

10-20 Minutes with No Wait

24-72 Hours

Free With Positive Result

At-Home STD Testing

No Wait

5-11 Days

Free With Positive Result

Doctor Visit

with Insurance

Call for Appointment

7-10 Days

Co-Pay Required

Doctor Visit

without Insurance

Call for Appointment

7-10 Days

Out-of-Pocket Cost Required

Public Clinic

Limited Hours and Long Lines

7-14 Days

No

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Are STD tests expensive in Washington?

It can be, but it does not necessarily have to be. What many people need to understand is that laboratory tests would most often than not be relatively pricey due to the technology that is being utilized behind these diagnostic techniques. However, opting for specific laboratories that offer more convenient testing procedures and discounted prices for diagnostic tests would help ensure that the price will not be much of an issue in providing you with the conclusive diagnosis of your condition. It might take some independent scanning to find the right testing center for you in the most acceptable price range, but it is not as impossible as many people make it out to be.

How long does it usually take for results to come back for an STD test in Washington?

Considering that a wide variety of testing kits and laboratory procedures can be performed to determine conclusively whether you have a particular STD or not, the time that it will take for your results to return will also be subject to the same inconsistency. Although there are specific laboratories that could produce your results even by the end of the day (albeit, it is extremely rare for institutions to do so unless necessary), most would often take a few days to a week before the results are either delivered or posted online through your secure personal profile (in the case of online transactions). In addition to that, the capability of the laboratory performing the test may also contribute to the overall timeframe of result delivery – causing delays in cases where there are several requests or understaffed to provide expedited results.

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Why Testing Matters?

STDs are generally stigmatized as something extremely shameful and uncurable, while the reality is that these are just illnesses that can be treated if detected timely and early. These diseases are stigmatized, mainly because these are transmitted via sexual activity.

It is essential for young adults and senior citizens to openly communicate with their partners and health care providers regarding issues with their sex lives. This can help reduce stress in their relationships and keep them healthy.

The Washington State Health Department states that STDs can be prevented through consistent condom use, limiting the number of sex partners, and being aware of one’s own and partner(s) testing status. It is important because no one is immune from STDs. Those who are sexually active must get themselves tested regularly at least once a year. Apart from common STDs, they must also get tested for HIV.

If someone tests positive for any STD, the first step to take is protecting people around them from getting infected and encouraging their partners to get tested. Always remember that sexual health is an integral aspect of your overall health. Therefore, it should be evaluated regularly, just like other health aspects. If your health care provider doesn’t ask about it, bring it up yourself to ensure you get the proper test and treatment.

According to the CDC’s guidelines on STD prevention, people under age 25 must get tested annually. However, if you think you could have been exposed to an STD, immediately visit your nearest testing center with your partner for screening and treatment.

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STD Rates in Washington

In WA, STDs are the most commonly reported infectious diseases of all. STDs comprise around 74% of all notifiable diseases/conditions reported to the state’s Health Department in 2018. In WA, health care providers and labs are required to report confirmed cases of common STDs like gonorrhea, chlamydia, herpes, syphilis, chancroid, lymphogranuloma venereum, and granuloma inguinale to local health departments. Reportedly, chlamydia, syphilis, and gonorrhea cases all increased between 2017 and 2018 in W.A. CDC reports that chlamydia is the most common STD in the state. Still, the three diseases are rising steadily over the past ten years.

In WA, the rate of primary/secondary syphilis in 2011 was 4.8 per 100,000 people, which inclined to 6.3 cases per 100,000 in 2015, making it the 15th most at-risk state in the U.S. in terms of syphilis. Between 2011 and 2015, there were nine congenital cases reported across the state. W.A. ranked 36th among the U.S. states in chlamydial infections with 406 cases/100,000 people and 27th in gonorrheal infections with 101 cases/100,000 as per 2015 statistics. The same year, chlamydia cases among females were reportedly two times higher than males, with 539.9/100,000 and 273.4/100,000, respectively.

In 2018, W.A. reported seven cases of congenital syphilis, which was 33rd highest nationwide, 802 cases of primary/secondary syphilis, which was 14th highest, over 34, 467 chlamydia cases, 36th highest nationwide, and 11,207 gonorrhea cases, 31st highest in the U.S. The number of chlamydial infections in 2018 marked a whopping 47% incline since 2010.

In WA, the gonorrhea infection rate has increased consistently since 2012. In 2018, there were nearly 151 cases reported per 100,000 people in the state, marking a 354% increase since 2010 rates. Regarding primary/secondary syphilis, WA reported 10.9 cases/100,000 people, which is higher than the national average of 10.8 cases/100,000 that year. Around 63% of the primary/secondary syphilis cases were reported in King, Snohomish, and Pierce Counties, while 13% were reported in Spokane County.

Age, Gender, and Ethnic Profile

According to the statistics released by the Washington State Department of Health, in the state, STDs rates were the highest among bisexual, gay, and men who have sex with men (MSM). In 2018, almost all W.A. counties reported one or more chlamydia or gonorrhea infection.

Women between the 15 and 24 age group reportedly had the highest chlamydia cases, which is primarily attributed to better screening and diagnosis trends among females of childbearing age. On the other hand, transgender persons reported less than one percent of all chlamydia diagnoses in 2018. In the state, chlamydia rates were the lowest among White non-Hispanics while African-Americans had the most cases. The trend was higher among black, non-Hispanic females. The overall chlamydia rates for non-Hispanic African-Americans and Hispanics were higher than the national average.

Pregnant females are at the greatest risk for the detrimental outcomes of untreated STDs as congenital syphilis has become a concerning issue in W.A. Between 2014 and 2018, 23 cases of congenital syphilis were reported, while between 1995 and 2013, just 13 cases were reported. Congenital syphilis is a chronic infectious disease the fetus acquires in the uterus after conception.

Gonorrhea rates in W.A. were higher among males aged between 25 and 34 than females in most age groups. This could be partly attributed to the higher number of cases being reported among MSM. Around 4% of males in W.A. are MSM; still, it represented 47% of all male gonorrhea cases in 2018. Conversely, transgender people represented fewer than one percent of cases. Gonorrhea cases were reportedly higher among non-Hispanic Black males and lowest for non-Hispanic white females in 2018. For non-Hispanic White, Hispanics, and non-Hispanic Blacks, the rates of gonorrhea were higher than the national average.

In W.A., men reportedly had a higher number of primary/secondary syphilis than women in 2018. Males between 25 and 34 years of age had the highest number of cases, while MSM reportedly represented 75% of all male cases. Transgender people reported fewer than one percent cases in W.A. The rates of primary/secondary syphilis were highest among non-Hispanic Blacks and lowest among non-Hispanic Whites. Data on female syphilis cases was not sufficient enough to make an appropriate comparison. However, the rate of primary/secondary syphilis cases among the White population was higher in W.A. than the national average.

Government Initiatives

The Washington State Health Department has collaborated with local medical care providers, public health agencies, and community partners to improve their STDs diagnostic capabilities and treat and prevent their further spreading. The Department of Health (DOH) wants all sexually active people to get tested for STDs and HIV since early detection can potentially intrude the spread of STDs.

Zandt Bryan, the Infectious Disease Field Services Coordinator for the DOH, stated that local health jurisdictions, community partners, and health care providers could play a significant role in preventing or at least reducing the spread of STDs in W.A. Teams of disease intervention specialists are working closely with people infected with an STD or exposed to the disease. When someone tests positive for an STD in W.A., a disease intervention specialist contacts him or her to make sure they receive the right treatment, are fully aware of their condition, and have realized the need to stay healthy after getting treated.

Disease intervention specialists also contact people already exposed to the disease or at risk for STDs, including drug-using partners of someone having tested positive for an STD, offering free testing, and creating STD testing/treatment plans.

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Frequently asked questions about STD tests in Washington

Although NAATs are well-known for their accuracy and sensitivity in detecting most STDs, it is also subject to certain inconsistencies, especially in the case of herpes infections. In Herpes, outbreaks often result in a relative increase in the patient’s viral load – leading to a timeline that usually has specific peaks at certain intervals instead of a consistent rise in viral load throughout. As such, sensitive tests such as NAATs are still unable to accurately diagnose herpes conditions, especially in cases where the patient has recently become asymptomatic and is currently between outbreaks. Other tests such as culture testing and type-specific virologic tests are often employed instead as a confirmatory diagnosis for the patient’s condition.

Depending on the test being performed and the testing physician's targeted diseases, various types of samples can be requested from you. In some instances, a minuscule blood sample of a few milliliters will be collected, some might ask for a urine sample, and others may opt for a genital swab. Again, the sample being collected will depend on the test being conducted and the outcome that is being targeted for this particular procedure.

Similar to how other testing procedures behave, false-positive results are still evident even in STD testing. False-positive and even false-negative results are standard instances that showcase the imperfection of the test’s design – a factor that is present everywhere. However, despite certain inconsistencies in laboratory tests as such, physicians commonly use confirmatory tests that would often take another path entirely to arrive at the same conclusion – solidifying the initial test’s diagnosis while still ensuring that the second test is not following the inconsistencies of the first.

It does vary on a case-to-case basis. Insurance policies are often particular with the instances that they would be covering with their program. Some may cover severe accidents, some may even consider “orphan disease,” and yes, some may also cover the expenses for performing STD diagnostic tests. However, considering that your insurance provider will have to verify the person's identity availing of the program, STD testing laboratories that employ a minimal collection of patient information may not accept insurance policies to prioritize privacy over affordability.

It would vary depending on the condition that is being tested. STDs behave differently due to the varying pathogenicity of each STD’s causative organism. In some instances, you can get accurately tested as early as two weeks following exposure, while some are intermittently inaccurate due to its recurrence (much like in the case of herpes infections). To avoid this, be sure to discuss the intricacies of the test with your physician to understand whether a particular test could provide you with a conclusive diagnosis or if it still needs another confirmatory test to establish its premise.

How Does it Work?

See how simple and easy it is to get tested for STDs in Washington today

Most people experience feelings of hesitation when going to get tested for STD, despite knowing they might have contracted one. EasySTD was created to change that.

1

Order your STD test

Visit your nearest lab or clinic, order your home testing kit online, and follow the given instructions from an STD testing provider.

2

Undergo the test

After ordering your STD test, visit the testing center to get tested or take a self sample including urine, cotton swab, or finger prick with the home testing kit and mail it back.

3

Receive you results

Receive the lab-certified results of your STD test from your test provider via mail or phone within 2 to 3 days. If the test comes positive, consult your doctor immediately.

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