A suburb of Colorado’s capital city of Denver, Westminster falls into two county lines—Jefferson and Adams. With rising instances of STD cases being found in Colorado teens, Denver officials are making moves to stop abstinence-only sexual education. The hope being that by spreading awareness of STIs and the importance of condom use and regular testing, the Westminster area can beat these high rates back down.
Between 2012 and 2016, gonorrhea rates in Colorado increased by a whopping 97%. Adams and Jefferson County together with Arapahoe, Denver, and Douglas made up 63% of the new gonorrhea cases.
These diagnoses are mostly being found in people under 30, and more often in women. It’s important to get tested as soon as possible—even if you have no symptoms. In their 2017 report for HIV rates, Adams came in at a rate of 195 new cases per 100,000. Jefferson was lower at 136 per 100,000. To generate those reports, Colorado used information collected in 2013.
For STD testing in the Westminster area, there are a few affordable options available at various locations. Zipclinic Urgent Care on West 72nd offers no appointment necessary, walk-ins welcome, same-day STD testing for HIV, chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis. They can also test for hepatitis and herpes upon request. There’s also a Quest Diagnostics located in the Safeway on Federal Boulevard. For Planned Parenthood you’ll have to head to Arvada, Colorado. Low-cost and potentially free STD testing (for eligible patients) is offered at select clinics across the greater Denver metro area. Denver Metro Health Clinic on Bannock street (in Denver) doesn’t take STD testing appointments in advance. Same day appointments are offered to walk-ins on a first come, first serve basis.
To find the best services and location for you, use our search tools below to compare location features across Westminster clinics with our easy-to-read chart.