Protect yourself and your partners from sexually transmitted diseases and HIV.
Learn what you and your partner can do to stay safe and avoid disease.
What is a Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD)?
- An infection or virus transmitted during all types of sexual contact.
- Passed from person-to-person by blood, semen, vaginal fluids and oral sex.
- Also called a Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs).
Why should I get tested?
- A sex partner tells you they have an STD. Do not wait. Get tested and treated!
- Can cause symptoms in some people but not in everyone.
- You don't know unless you test.
- To ensure good sexual health.
How do I get tested?
- Talk to your doctor about routine testing and treatment options.
- Call us at (253) 798-3805 if you don't have a doctor.
- Call to confirm walk-in testing hours and potential costs.
How can I prevent STDs and HIV?
- Use protection, like condoms and dental damns for all types of sex every time.
- Ask your partner about their sexual history and testing.
- Take PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis) to prevent HIV infection.
Most common STDs in Pierce County
For teens and youth advocates
- Advocates for Youth information.
- A Teen’s Guide to STDs.
- Rainbow Center community for gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender.
- Healthy Youth Through Healthy Sexual Behaviors.
- It’s Your Sex Life.
- Shared Action.
- My Sex Doctor—App with information about body changes, flirting, STDs, contraception, parenting and abortion.
- STD Testing Brochure.