rates of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) in Washington are
prompting health officials at the Washington State Department of
Health to urge sexually active people to get
and treated for
show record rates of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis.
show sexually transmitted disease rates are higher among gay,
bisexual, and other men who have sex with men. Health officials urge
these individuals to talk to their medical provider about testing for
syphilis, gonorrhea, chlamydia, and HIV at least once a year.
Chlamydia is the most commonly reported STD; the rates are highest in
20 to 24-year-old women.
STDs can cause serious problems. Pregnant women experience some of
the worst outcomes from untreated STDs. Congenital
a growing problem in Washington. From 2016 to 2017, there were as
many cases of congenital syphilis as in the previous 10 years
Consistent and correct condom use is still the best way to prevent
STDs. DOH is working with local public health agencies and community
partners to enhance their capacity to investigate and reduce the
spread of STDs. Early detection and treatment can interrupt the
steady climb of STD rates.
STD data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention can be
found in the .2016
Sexually Transmitted Disease Surveillance Report
In Washington, federal and state funds provide $3.2 million per year
for STD prevention, monitoring and control from 2017 to 2019.