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.


San Juan County Health Department Department of Health and Community Services

San Juan County Health Department Department of Health and Community Services

Testing Services
  • Hepatitis C Testing
  • TB Testing
Care Services
  • Adult Hepatitis B Vaccine
  • Human Papillomavirus Vaccine
  • TB Treatment
Prevention Services
  • TB Prevention/Education
  • HIV/AIDS Prevention/Education
  • Hepatitis Prevention/Education
Audiences
  • Adolescents/Youth/Teens
  • Adults
  • General Public
  • Low Income Persons
  • Persons with HIV/AIDS
  • Persons with STDs
  • Persons with TB
  • Pregnant Women
Fees & Payment Options
  • Fee
  • Medicaid Accepted
  • Sliding Scale
  • Insurance Accepted
Languages
  • English
  • Spanish
San Juan County Health Department Department of Health and Community Services

145 Rhone St, Friday Harbor, Washington 98250


(360) 378-4474


(360) 378-7036


Website


Appointment Required: Yes


Opening Hours
  • Monday
    8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Tuesday
    8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Wednesday
    8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Thursday
    8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Friday
    8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

PCAF Olympia

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.

Testing Services
  • Rapid HIV Testing
  • Conventional HIV Testing
Prevention Services
  • STD Prevention/Education
  • HIV/AIDS Prevention/Education
  • HIV Test Counseling
  • Condom Distribution
Support Services
  • Support Groups
  • Case Management
  • Drug Purchasing Assistance, including AIDS Drug Purchasing Assistance (ADAP)
  • Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS/HOPWA
  • Food Services
  • Legal Services
Audiences
  • At Risk Persons
  • General Public
  • Low Income Persons
  • Persons with HIV/AIDS
  • Women
  • HIV Positive Persons
  • Men
  • African Americans/Blacks
  • Asians/Pacific Islanders
  • Hispanics/Latinos
  • Men Who Have Sex with Men
  • LGBT
  • Gay Men
  • Native Americans
  • Lesbians/Women Who Have Sex with Women/WSW
Fees & Payment Options
  • Donations Accepted
  • Free HIV Testing
  • No Fee
Languages
  • English
  • Spanish
PCAF Olympia

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


(360) 352-2375


(360) 352-1494


Website


Website


Website


Appointment Required: Yes


Opening Hours
  • Monday
    9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday
    9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday
    1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Thursday
    9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Friday
    9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Testing by appointment. Free walk-in HIV testing is available at Walgreens at 1510 Cooper Point Rd SW
    OLYMPIA EVERY TUESDAY FROM 3 PM-7 PM.

Blue Mountain Heart to Heart

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.

Testing Services
  • Hepatitis C Testing
  • Rapid HIV Testing
  • Conventional HIV Testing
Care Services
  • Medication Adherence Education and Counseling
Prevention Services
  • STD Prevention/Education
  • HIV/AIDS Prevention/Education
  • HIV Test Counseling
  • Hepatitis Prevention/Education
  • Harm Reduction
  • Needle Cleaning, Needle Exchange or Needle Distribution
Support Services
  • Support Groups
  • Case Management
  • Financial Assistance
  • Housing Services
Audiences
  • Adolescents/Youth/Teens
  • At Risk Persons
  • Low Income Persons
  • Persons Practicing High Risk Behaviors
  • Persons with HIV/AIDS
  • Women
  • HIV Positive Persons
  • Sex Partners
  • Persons with Hepatitis
  • Men
  • Young Adults
  • Hispanics/Latinos
  • Men Who Have Sex with Men
  • Substance Abusers
  • LGBT
  • Gay Men
  • Native Americans
  • Migrant Workers
Fees & Payment Options
  • Donations Accepted
  • Free HIV Testing
  • No Fee
  • Free Hepatitis C Testing
Languages
  • English
  • Spanish
Blue Mountain Heart to Heart

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


(509) 936-6823


Website


Appointment Required: Yes


Opening Hours
  • Monday
    8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday
    8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday
    8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Thursday
    8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Thurston County Public Health and Social Services Department

Thurston County Public Health and Social Services Department

Testing Services
  • TB Testing
Prevention Services
  • TB Prevention/Education
  • STD Prevention/Education
  • HIV/AIDS Prevention/Education
  • Hepatitis Prevention/Education
  • Condom Distribution
  • Needle Cleaning, Needle Exchange or Needle Distribution
Support Services
  • Case Management
Audiences
  • At Risk Persons
  • General Public
Fees & Payment Options
  • Fee
  • Sliding Scale
  • Free HIV Testing
  • Free Hepatitis C Testing
Languages
  • English
  • Interpretation Services Available for Non-English Languages
Thurston County Public Health and Social Services Department

412 Lilly Rd NE, Olympia, Washington 98506


(360) 867-2500


(360) 867-2601


Website


Appointment Required: Yes


Opening Hours
  • Monday
    8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday
    8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday
    8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Thursday
    8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Friday
    8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Community Health Association of Spokane Southgate Clinic

Community Health Association of Spokane Southgate Clinic

Testing Services
  • Hepatitis C Testing
  • Conventional HIV Testing
Care Services
  • Family Planning
  • Adult Hepatitis B Vaccine
  • Hepatitis C Treatment
  • HIV/AIDS Medical Treatment
Prevention Services
  • STD Prevention/Education
  • HIV/AIDS Prevention/Education
  • HIV Test Counseling
Support Services
  • PrEP Navigation
Audiences
  • Adolescents/Youth/Teens
  • Adults
  • At Risk Persons
  • General Public
  • Low Income Persons
  • Persons with HIV/AIDS
  • Women
  • Persons with Hepatitis
  • Men
Fees & Payment Options
  • Fee
  • Medicaid Accepted
  • Medicare Accepted
  • Sliding Scale
  • Insurance Accepted
  • PrEP for uninsured
Languages
  • English
Community Health Association of Spokane Southgate Clinic

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


(509) 444-8200


(866) 907-8200


(509) 340-0565


Website


Website


Appointment Required: Yes


Opening Hours
  • Monday
    7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Tuesday
    7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Wednesday
    7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Thursday
    7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Friday
    7:30 AM - 6:00 PM

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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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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