This is bad STD advice

What it looks like when someone warns you they might have given you an STD on

Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for avoiding awkward conversations whenever possible.

I always email instead of call. I’ve eaten food that was prepared incorrectly just because I didn’t want to confront a waiter about it. I’ve been cut in line so many times and instead of doing something about it I just stand there and seethe silently.

Sometimes, though, you really need to just bite the bullet and tell someone you might have given them a sexually transmitted infection.

I should make it clear, this isn’t something I know about from personal experience, but there is a reason I’m bringing this up.

Let’s rewind.

This week, I read this Q13 piece about how there’s significant increases in reported cases of STD’s in Snohomish County. From 2011 to 2016 reports of chlamydia, syphilis, and gonorrhea are up 40 percent, 112 percent and 243 percent respectively.

For context, this isn’t like a 15 to 21 type of 40 percent increase. In 2011 there were 1,762 cases of chlamydia in Snohomish County, in 2016, there were 2,475.

Q13 spoke to NeighborCare Health Nurse Clinical Practice Manager Rachel Wang Martinez about why this might be happening and how to deal with it. Most of her advice is really helpful for anyone worried about this, and if you live in Snohomish County or you’re planning on hooking up with someone in Snohomish County maybe you should be. But there’s one piece of advice Wang Martinez offers that’s a little suspect.

If you do contract an STD or an STI, she suggests you might use the website to anonymously let a former or current…

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