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Testing for STDs at home is safe, convenient, and private. Performed regularly, it can help you stay healthy and avoid unknowingly transmitting STDs.
You have many options for at-home STD testing. The best at-home STD tests are FDA approved and evaluated for safety and accuracy with fast result turnaround times and support from health care professionals.
At-home STD testing kits should include instructions for collection and test registration, along with materials such as containers and swabs to collect and send your sample to the lab. Most at-home STD tests offer results in about five days through a secure online patient portal.
Olympia is the capital of Washington and the seat and largest city of Thurston County. The most-reported STDs in Thurston County are chlamydia, gonorrhea, herpes, and syphilis, in that order.
Washington’s chlamydia diagnoses in 2018 were 7% higher than in 2017, and 52% of those cases were reported among adolescents and young adults, particularly women, under the age of 24. By 2019, the state’s chlamydia diagnoses increased another 8%, contributing to an overall rise of 56% since 2010. Although 2019 totals weren’t yet available for Thurston County, its 2018 chlamydia diagnoses only accounted for about 3.5% of the state’s total. Chlamydia infections in the county took a small drop of just over 2% in 2017, only to rise again by more than 5% in 2018.
The rate of gonorrhea in Washington has increased every year since 2012, with rates highest among men aged 25 to 34. In 2018, reported gonorrhea infections in Washington were 23% higher than they were in 2017, but diagnoses in 2019 were only 5% higher than the previous year. Gonorrhea cases in Thurston County made up just over 2.5% of the county’s total in 2018. Barring a slight dip of nearly 4% in 2017, Thurston County recorded an increase in gonorrhea infections every year between 2014 and 2018. During this period, diagnoses increased nearly 98% overall, including an increase of more than 14% in 2018.
Although syphilis is the third most reported STD nationally, Washington also tracks herpes diagnoses, which historically have always been higher. In 2018, Washington recorded more than 1,600 herpes infections, nearly twice the number of primary and secondary syphilis infections recorded that year. Almost 5% of the state’s 2018 herpes diagnoses came from Thurston County. In comparison, just over 2% of the state’s primary and secondary syphilis cases were recorded in Thurston County in 2018. P&S syphilis cases in the county in 2018 were more than double the number reported in 2017 and 500% higher than they were in 2014.
If you think you may have been exposed to an STD, you and your sex partner(s) should get tested as soon as possible. Prompt treatment and/or disease management can help prevent potentially dangerous health issues, including an increased risk of HIV exposure. Stop the spread by contacting one of the free or low-cost STD testing facilities throughout Olympia for an appointment or order a reliable at-home STD test.
Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) remain one of the most critical public health challenges facing the United States, with approximately 26 million new STD infections occurring every year. Nearly half of these new infections affect young people ages 15 to 24.
Community-based organizations are a vital first line of defense in the fight against STDs and HIV/AIDS in particular. They generate awareness and foster social change while providing access to testing and treatment.
You may not be aware of all the STD resources available in Olympia that can help prevent the spread of STDs. Get connected with these community organizations that are leading the fight against STDs and HIV/AIDS with resources and support:
Planned Parenthood’s Olympia Health Center takes appointments for low-cost STD services to be performed on Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. You can schedule HIV testing and chlamydia, herpes, gonorrhea, and syphilis testing and treatment, among others. Your insurance may cover some STD services, but you may qualify for a state-funded program or lower fee scale if you’re uninsured.
402 Legion Way, Suite 201
Olympia, WA 98501
You can schedule low-cost STD services at Capital Eastside Family Practice, including chlamydia, herpes, hepatitis B and C, gonorrhea, and syphilis testing, as well as HPV and hepatitis A and B vaccines. The clinic accepts commercial insurance, Medicaid, and Medicare. You can get tested Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., but the clinic closes daily from noon to 1 p.m. for lunch.
1100 Eastside Street SE
Olympia, WA 98501
Sea Mar’s Olympia Medical Clinic provides in-house laboratory services, including STD testing for gonorrhea, syphilis, hepatitis B and C, and chlamydia. The clinic also offers hepatitis A and B vaccines and PrEP. You must register as a patient and make an appointment to receive low-cost STD services. Although it accepts insurance, Medicare, and Medicaid, the clinic also has a sliding fee scale if you’re uninsured and qualify for financial assistance. Schedule your appointment to receive services Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
3030 Limited Lane NW
Olympia, WA 98502
At Options Pregnancy Clinic, you can get free testing and treatment for chlamydia and gonorrhea. STD testing is open to the public, but you do have to make an appointment to receive services on Mondays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. or Tuesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
135 Lilly Road NE
Olympia, WA 98506
VVHC’s Olympia Medical Health Center provides low-cost chlamydia, syphilis, and gonorrhea testing, and hepatitis A and B vaccines. The health center takes commercial insurance, Medicaid, and Medicare. However, you may be eligible for its sliding fee discount program, even if you have insurance. If you qualify, you could pay a nominal fee as low as $20 for medical visits, but you won’t be denied services if you don’t have the means to pay. You need an appointment to get tested at the center on Mondays through Fridays from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
3775 Martin Way E, Suite A
Olympia, WA 98506