Arapahoe County, where Greenwood Village is a home rule municipality, has experienced a steady increase in the number of individuals diagnosed with HIV, over the past few years. A rate of 1,270 per 100,000 individuals in both 2018 and 2019 represented a 22.0% increase from 1,041 reported in 2015. Sadly, there was an upward surge to a prevalence rate of 1,499 in 2020.
Chlamydia infections in the county showed fluctuations, with a decrease from an incidence rate of 583.9 per 100,000 individuals in 2015 to 578.0 in 2017, followed by a spike to 640.7 in 2018. Females recorded a higher number of infections than males.
There was an escalation in Gonorrhea infections from 106.9 per 100,000 persons in 2015 to 187.6 in 2017, before a slight drop to 178.0 in the following year.
The incidence rate of primary and secondary Syphilis infections in the county dropped from 6.7 per 100,000 individuals in 2016 to 4.5 in 2017, followed by an upward surge to 6.3 in 2018. Individuals aged 25 to 34 years showed the highest number of diagnoses.
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) works with local healthcare providers to deliver sexual health education to members of the public, including young adults and teens, in efforts to mitigate the spread of STD/HIV throughout the state, including Arapahoe County. Its STI/HIV program entails partner services, case management, linkage to care, and both State Drug Assistance and Public Health Intervention Programs that helps individuals to access costly HIV medication, including PrEP.
You can access quality STD/HIV testing at various clinics, including Planned Parenthood – Littleton Health Center, AFC Urgent Care Centennial, and Littleton Adventist Hospital.
Also, some local hospitals within the home rule municipality offer free STD testing, but people will know why you’re here, and some tests are free, not comprehensive.