Douglas County has had higher STD rates than the average national rates and most of the bigger cities in the country for several years.
The total number of Chlamydia cases recorded in 2018 was 3,795 cases. 35.4% of the people living with Chlamydia were young people aged between 20-24 years, while 25.3% were aged between 15-19 years. Residents aged 25-29 years had a 19.2% share in the total number of Chlamydia cases.
1,669 cases of Gonorrhoea cases were reported in 2018. Similar to Chlamydia cases, the most affected age group was 20-24 years with 25.8% of the total cases. 22.5% of those affected were aged between 25-29 years of age while 13.9% were aged between 15-19 years.
The STD prevention and Control program established by the county government has been tirelessly working to reduce the ever-increasing numbers. It has done this not only through partner notification and prevention measures but also through mass awareness and education programs
There are numerous STD testing options in Parker city such as Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains (Aurora Health Center) located in Abilene Street and Littleton Health Center on County Line Rd.
The Tri-County Health Department Englewood office located on Broadway also offers STI testing services, including rapid HIV testing and Hepatitis C. It also provides free condoms.
Some of the clinics offer free STD testing services to those who qualify based on your income and risk factors such as severity of symptoms. Moreover, residents can also take advantage of STD awareness events for free testing.