Health officials in Colorado are worried about the rising STD rates in the state and across the US. Budget cuts have resulted in clinics being closed and prevention programs being defunded. Many health professionals are calling for a public health emergency to be declared due to the outbreak of STDs, including syphilis, a disease thought to have been all but eradicated in the US.
In 2016, the HIV prevalence rate in Adams County was 240.4 per 100K people, just under Colorado’s rate of 264.2. That same year, the chlamydia rate in Adams County was 511.1 per 100K people, a little above Colorado’s rate of 468.6. The gonorrhea and (primary and secondary) syphilis rates were 105 and 4.5.
There aren’t too many clinics actually in Thornton, but there are many in nearby Denver. Denver has at least one charitable organization that provides free STD testing, but the hours are a bit irregular. You can also be tested at the Denver Metro Health Clinic on Bannock St. NextCare Urgent Care on Grant St also does STD testing.