STD rates are on the rise in communities throughout the United States, including the city of Columbine, CO, located in Jefferson County.
County-wide reports show that chlamydia rates have risen steadily over the last three years, with the number of newly reported cases increasing from 1,151 cases in 2015 to 1,161 cases in 2016 to 1,201 cases in 2017. On the other hand, gonorrhea rates have more than doubled over the same timeframe, as the number of new cases reported jumped from 186 cases in 2015 to 269 cases in 2016 to 394 cases in 2017.
Jefferson County also saw a sharp increase in the number of new primary and secondary-stage syphilis cases, as the number of new cases rose from 8 cases in 2016 to 15 cases in 2017.
According to CDC reports, the number of newly reported HIV cases in Jefferson County communities, including Columbine, fell from 42 cases in 2016 to 31 cases in 2017.
There are a limited number of STD testing locations in Columbine, CO, but some private physician offices and healthcare centers may offer STD or HIV testing. Many of these practices are located along South Wadsworth Boulevard, South Pierce Street, and West Bowles Avenue in Columbine.
Residents can take the half-hour drive into Denver to find additional medical facilities that may offer STD and HIV testing, including the Positive Project, Planned Parenthood of Rocky Mountain, STD Clinic at Denver Public Health Department, and Colorado Health Network.
Some healthcare centers may advertise free STD testing, but these tests might not be comprehensive, and you may need to meet specific eligibility requirements to qualify for free services. In addition, some clinics offer inconsistent and inconvenient office hours and scheduled appointments may not be available, which could cause long wait times.