The number of HIV cases in El Paso County gained from 747 at a rate of 147 in 2014 to 779 at a rate of 141 in 2018. Elsmere had played a significant role in the accumulation of these numbers.
The incidence rates of Chlamydia in El Paso rose by 44 percent from 2014 through 2016, topping out at a rate of 542 per 100,000 persons at the end of 2016. The female population was the most vulnerable to Chlamydia infections.
Gonorrhea infections rose by 75 percent from 2014 to 2016, and according to health reports, a total of 135 people per 100,000 persons had been infected in 2016.
Syphilis infections almost tripled in the county from 2014 to 2016. By 2016, 10.1 per 100,00 persons had Syphilis infections.
The El Paso County Department of Health has integrated screening, immediate intervention measures, and referrals for HIV/STD treatment. This strategy has seen an overall reduction in the infections rates because patients are able to get professional referrals and get assistance in utilizing health benefits like Medicaid, Medicare, and other health coverages.
BCH Urgent Care- Gunbarrel and Mountain Family Health Centers – Basalt Integrated Health Center are among the clinics in the city with STD/HIV services. Other options include clinics like Terrace Gardens Healthcare Center and The Healthcare Resort of Colorado Springs.
Few medical centers offer free STD testing services. Residents who may be lucky to find such centers may only acquire the services only if they are unemployed or have no insurance. They might also have to pass some stringent eligibility tests.