Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) have been on the rise in El Paso County, causing worry among the county health officials. The medical officials highlighted chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis as some of the most rampantly reported STIs.
According to the El Paso County Department of Health, between 2014 and 2016, the rates of chlamydia had spiked by 44%. That translated to an astounding transmission rate of 542.0 per 100,000 populations.
Additionally, gonorrhea incidences rose by 75% over the same period, bringing the morbidity rate to 135.0. Surprisingly, syphilis rates rose three-fold. At the start of 2017, the syphilis rate was 10.1.
For over 30 years, the Southern Colorado AIDS Project (SCAP) has intervened in the fight against STDs/HIV by providing personalized services to every individual living with HIV/AIDS. Today, SCAP expends HIV-oriented programs in 25 counties including El Paso County.
There are many testing centers where you may receive STD care. The El Paso County Public Health clinic situated at 1675 W Garden of Gods Rd may provide a wide range of services including HIV/STD testing, counseling, and prevention education. You may also receive case management and family planning services.
You can also visit one of the Peak Vista Community Health Center at 350 Lyckman Dr or the other outlets around Colorado Springs. Alternatively, visit the Planned Parenthood Clinic along Centennial Blvd, Colorado Springs. The clinic may provide STD testing, and treatment services, Hep immunization, and abortion care.
Other clinics in Fountain may provide free STD testing, but results may take longer to be expedited. Additionally, bookable appointments may not be an option and you may be charged to see a doctor for consultation.