The 31,294 populated suburb of Wheat Ridge, CO is in Jefferson County and county figures for STD cases are collected by the department of health. There has been a fairly stable trend with regards to the rate of new chlamydia cases in Jefferson County, which has a population of 659,197 according to the 2017 census. Although the numbers have risen slightly the average also sits below state averages.
In 2006, a county community health needs assessment found that there were 192 cases of chlamydia per 100,000 of the population and in 2016 there were 203 cases per 100,000.
There has been a slight uptick in the rate of new gonorrhea cases in the county, in 2006 there were 33.2 cases per 100,000 of the population and in 2016 there were 47.1, which are rates also below state numbers.
Primary and secondary syphilis cases have had an erratic trajectory but from zero cases in 2006, there were 1.4 cases per 100,000 of the population by 2016.
HIV infection rates have dropped from 6.7 per 100,000 of the population to 4.4.
“Circa 63% of the state’s gonorrhea cases were reported in Denver metro counties including Jefferson. We are starting to see infections that are less sensitive to one of the two main antibiotics used to treat gonorrhea. While there haven’t been any failures yet, anyone with the infection should get treated ASAP to avoid serious health issues.”
There are several options for STD testing if you live in Wheat Ridge, CO including Servicios De La Raza around three miles away, Denver Health
at the Sam Sandos Westside Family Health Center or the Denver Indian Health and Family Services.
The Midtowne Spa Denver also offers STD and HIV testing.
Some of the venues in the area may offer free STD testing although you might not be able to book an appointment in advance and hours of availability may be inconsistent.