Health officials in Northern Colorado are worried about the spike in STD rates, especially gonorrhea. In Weld County, the gonorrhea rate went up 384% in three years: from 27 in 2015 to 129 in 2018, per 100K people. The 2018 chlamydia rate was 441.
Health experts say “hook-up aps” are partly to blame, and they recommend that all sexually active people talk about STIs with their partners, always use protection, and get tested regularly.
Many STIs have no symptoms in the early stages (when they are easy to treat), so many people don’t know they are infected.
In 2015, HIV had a prevalence rate of 77 per 100K people, and it has remained more or less stable.
There are a few STD-testing clinics in Greeley, and even more in the surrounding area. At least one student center offers free STD testing, but only for HIV. The Weld County Department of Public Health tests for HIV and other STDs in their clinic on 17th Ave.
The University of Colorado Hospital, through their HIV/AIDS Clinical Program, tests for and treats HIV, and they have experimental treatments available. The nearest clinic in is Loveland, on Foxtail Dr.