Highlands Ranch is a suburb south of Denver and is part of Douglas county where the rates of chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, and HIV are 169.2, 31.0, 0.9, and 71 for every 100,000 people. Between 2014 and 2017, the trend for rates of chlamydia has slightly increased where as the trend for rates of gonorrhea have sharply increased.
“If you simply count, there were thousands of cases of chlamydia in Denver metro and 100 or fewer in other regions of the state,” notes Dr. Daniel Shodell, the CDPHE’s deputy director for disease control and environment epidemiology.
Douglas county population health is managed by the Tri-County Health Department who seek to prevent and reduce the growing sexual disease infection especially among the younger at risk population. The programs range from distributing free condoms, pregnancy testing, and birth control to community education and outreach.
Within Highland Ranch there are options at the Urgent Care clinic on County Line Rd and another location on Ridgeline Boulevard. The closest nearby public testing health facility is in Englewood. There is also a Planned Parenthood clinic in Littleton on County Line Rd.
In nearby cities, there is an Urgent Care clinic in Littleton, an Urgent Care clinic in Lone Tree on Yosemite St, and a clinic on Park Meadows Dr.
Although some clinics may offer free std testing, other clinics might have limited financial support. Furthermore, clinic hours may vary and be inconvenient or may have long and inconsistent wait times.