In 2016 there were a reported 423 cases of HIV, 35 cases of Hepatitis C, 28 cases of Hepatitis B, 22 cases of Hepatitis A, 250 cases of syphilis, 25,569 cases of chlamydia, and 5,975 cases of gonorrhea. According to the CDC, almost two-thirds of new chlamydia diagnoses are in those aged between 15 and 24 years old; sexually active individuals under the age of 30 are also at the greatest risk for contracting gonorrhea, which in turn increases the risk of contracting HIV.
These rates are alarming, especially considering gonorrhea strains now exist that are resistant to antibiotics and long-term chlamydia infections can cause reproductive damage.
With almost 20 million STDs every year now, the health costs are reaching almost $16 billion, according to the CDC. Boulder has many choices, from the Boulder County AIDS Project on 14th Street to the Boulder Valley Women’s Health Center on Valmont Road, and many more.
Some locations offer services specifically tailored to or especially welcoming for demographics that include transgender, gay, and lesbian populations. The Boulder County AIDS Project works to destigmatize AIDS and HIV, and help improve the lives of those living with and affected by these diseases. Free STD testing is an option, though you may have to forego an appointment.
There are options, and one will work best for you.