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 any type of sexual contact.
- Passed from person-to-person by blood, semen, vaginal fluids and oral sex.
- Also called sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
Why should I get tested?
- If your sex partner tells you they have an STD, do not wait. Get tested and treated!
- STDs cause symptoms in some people but not in everyone.
- You don't know unless you test.
- Testing ensures good sexual health.
How do I get tested?
- Talk to your doctor about routine testing and treatment options.
- If you don't have a doctor, call us at (253) 798-3805.
- Call to confirm walk-in testing hours and potential cost.
How can I prevent STDs and HIV?
- Use protection, like condoms and dental dams, for all types of sex, every time.
- Ask your partner about their sexual history and testing.
- Take pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) to prevent HIV infection.
Most common STDs in Pierce County
- STD information for healthcare providers.
- Gay and bisexual men's health.
- Take charge of your sexual health.
- Gay/bi/trans health.
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.
- My Sex Doctor—App with information about body changes, flirting, STDs, contraception, parenting and abortion.
- STD Testing brochure.