Pueblo County in Colorado had some of the highest rates state-wide for gonorrhea in 2017. The rate of new gonorrhea cases being over 200 per 100,000 people. Medical professionals in Colorado are questioning what could be the cause of the rampant rise in sexually transmitted diseases. They’re thinking the popular “hook-up” style dating applications (Tinder, Grindr, etc.) may be partly to blame. Along with the ever-increasing popular use of IUDs and decreased use of condoms with sexual partners.
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) strives to work with more health providers to ensure people are getting screened and treated.
The more resistant strains of gonorrhea surfacing are of particular concern to Pueblo County officials. They’re trying to raise awareness of sexually transmitted diseases and remind people of the importance of using condoms. People tend to think of condoms only in terms of pregnancy prevention, but they are crucial in preventing STIs as well. Condoms are available for free at the health department’s clinic on 9th street. HIV prevalence in the Pueblo area is reported at 115 cases per 100,000 people.
Affordable STI testing is also offered at the Pueblo City-County Health Department on 9th street. The department provides testing for herpes, syphilis, gonorrhea, chlamydia, HIV, and even hepatitis C. The ACPC Women’s Clinic on Colorado avenue can test for chlamydia and gonorrhea, but they only offer it in conjunction with a pregnancy test. HIV/AIDS care is available from Park Hill Clinic and Pharmacy located on East 5th street. Call to see if you are eligible for free testing.
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