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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.
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In Seattle, the three most common STDs are chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis. Each of these STDs increased in prevalence between 2017 and 2018.
Chlamydia is the most common STD in the nation as a whole and in Seattle. Between 2014 and 2018, the number of reported cases of this disease increased by 35%, and the rate increased by 28%. In the Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue region, there were 18,744 reported cases of this disease in 2018 for a rate of 484.7 per 100,000 people. While this is higher than the statewide rate of 465.2, it is considerably lower than the national rate of 539.9. The majority of reported cases in the Seattle region are among females, which accounts for about 78% of cases. According to the King County 2017 STD Epidemiology Report, those aged 15-29 have a higher rate of infection than older and younger residents.
In 2018, the Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue region continued to experience increasing epidemics of gonorrhea. While reported cases increased among both males and females, the most significant growth was in males. Of the 7,190 cases reported in the region in 2018, 5,049 were diagnosed in males. Between 2017 and 2018, the rate among males increased by about 8%, compared to the 6% growth among females. Gonorrhea disproportionately affects those in King County aged 20-44 years old, a trend that is mirrored in nationwide statistics.
In 2018, there were 1,238 reported cases of syphilis in the Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue area, which corresponds to a rate of 32.0 per 100,000 people, which is higher than the state rate of 25.8 and a little lower than the national rate of 35.3. Since 2014, the number of reported cases increased by 110%, and it increased by a little less than 5% over the number of cases reported in 2017. Of the cases reported in 2018, 501 were primary and secondary syphilis. Males are disproportionately affected by this disease, accounting for 95% of P&S syphilis cases in the Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue region in 2018.
The symptoms of STDs range in severity from very painful to completely unnoticeable. Unfortunately, even STDs without symptoms can cause serious long-term problems, including infertility, miscarriage, birth defects, arthritis, pelvic inflammatory disease, heart disease, certain cancers, and higher susceptibility to HIV. Regular screening is the most effective way to avoid transmitting an STD to a partner and experiencing permanent complications.
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 Seattle 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:
Gay City Health Project provides care to Seattle residents, with a special focus on those in the LGBTQ community. It offers confidential and anonymous HIV testing and STD screening six days per week, including rapid HIV testing and screening for chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, and hepatitis C. Care is available by appointment at the main location and on a walk-in basis at its four testing locations. Appointments at the main campus can be conducted in English or Spanish. HIV/STD testing typically takes 30 minutes for an individual and 45 minutes for a couple. STD test results are available in seven days.
517 E. Pike St.
Seattle, WA 98122
Multiple Seattle locations
White Center Health Center is operated by Planned Parenthood and provides an array of sexual and reproductive health services, including birth control and emergency contraception, gender-specific health care, and STD testing and treatment. STDs that clients can be screened for include chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, and herpes. Many tests require an exam, and some require a blood draw, urine test, or mouth or genital swab. Test results are available by phone within a few days to a few weeks. The clinic also provides free condoms and HPV vaccines. Services are available in English, and interpretation by phone is available for other languages.
9942 8th Ave. SW
Seattle, WA 98106
The Sexual Health Clinic at Harborview is a Public Health-Seattle & King County service that offers STD and HIV counseling, screening, and treatment. Care is provided on a walk-in basis, and a sliding fee schedule is available to those without health insurance. This clinic also provides contraception, HIV screening, and PrEP for HIV-positive clients. Free interpretation services are available in more than 80 languages by qualified medical interpreters, either in person, by phone, or via video conference.
908 Jefferson St., 11th Floor
Seattle, WA 98104
Seattle Women’s and Moms’ Clinic is a micro-clinic in the Fremont neighborhood. It provides a full array of health care services for women, including smoking cessation programs, contraception and family planning services, wellness exams, and STD testing and treatment. Partners of women who received screening services through this clinic and tested positive for an STD are eligible to receive testing and treatment. To schedule an appointment, clients can use the clinic’s online booking tool or call the clinic during operating hours.
3417 Evanston Ave. N. Ste. 318
Seattle, WA 98103
3W Medical for Women is a nonprofit organization that provides women’s health screening and exams, reproductive health, pregnancy services, and STD testing and treatment. Screening and exam appointments generally take one hour, and the clinic tests for chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, hepatitis, and HPV. It also provides STD evidence-based education and antibiotic prescriptions for those with positive STD testing results. All services provided by this clinic are free, but donations are accepted and encouraged. No one is denied care based on their ability to pay the requested donation.
4528 8th Ave. NE, Unit 1A
Seattle, WA 98105