Sexually transmitted infections (STIs), previously termed sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are infections that are spread through sexual contact. There are many ways to prevent STIs, so it is important to choose the methods that work for you.
You should get tested for STIs if you have not been tested since your last sexual partner(s). To minimize the spread of infection, it is recommended that any person who is sexually active be tested once a year. Depending on your sex practices, you may want to get tested more frequently.
There are many ways to prevent sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Choose the methods that work for you and your partner(s).
You can get STIs during vaginal/internal genitalia, anal (butt), or oral (mouth) sex. STIs can be transmitted through the exchange of blood, semen, and vaginal/internal genitalia fluids, or through skin contact. There are things you can do to: CDC - STI Diseases & Related Conditions
Many people do not have any symptoms even when they have an infection, so it is always good to get tested for STIs regularly. If you do have symptoms of an STI, you should get tested as soon as possible. Anyone 14 years old and up can legally consent to STI testing in Washington State. Some common symptoms of STIs are:
Almost all primary care providers can test for STIs at their clinic. Try calling your usual health care provider first to find out what STI tests they offer.
If you do not have a health care provider or cannot go to them, you can get tested at a walk-in clinic.
We offer limited STI testing for people who don't have insurance or symptoms. Find out if you are eligible for our free STI testing:
Call us at 360-778-6100. Currently, STI testing is by appointment only.
We offer tests for these STIs: