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Boulder offers many confidential, low cost, or free options if you need to get tested for an STD. Whether you’re worried about exposure or just want to get tested regularly, taking control of your sexual health is easy here.
While Colorado ranks below the national average in cases per 100,000 people for gonorrhea, chlamydia, primary and secondary syphilis, and congenital syphilis, case rates are of those STDs are on the rise in the state. It’s important for the health of you and your partner to get tested regularly or if you feel you’ve been exposed.
If you live in Boulder, there are seven locations to find testing and other services, many of which are free or low-cost. Boulder Valley Women’s Health Center offers a wide range of medical services, no matter your gender. Planned Parenthood tests and treats many STDs, accepts several insurance plans and provides a sliding-fee scale and preventive measures.
Beacon Center for Infectious Diseases
Lafayette Medical Clinic
Boulder Health Center
Testing for STDs at home is safe, convenient, and private. Performed regularly, it can help you stay healthy and avoid unknowingly transmitting STDs.
You have many options for at-home STD testing. The best at-home STD tests are FDA approved and evaluated for safety and accuracy with fast result turnaround times and support from health care professionals.
At-home STD testing kits should include instructions for collection and test registration, along with materials such as containers and swabs to collect and send your sample to the lab. Most at-home STD tests offer results in about five days through a secure online patient portal.
Choose the STD testing option you’re most comfortable with:
At home: You can test for STDs at home using a kit and send your sample to a lab for analysis.
If you think you might have an STD, it’s best to get tested. STDs don’t go away if you ignore them; they’ll just get worse and could grow into more serious health consequences. If left untreated, some STDs can lead to issues like infertility and more serious infections. You can also spread STDs to sexual partners if you have an untreated infection.
Ask your health care provider for STD testing recommendations or follow CDC recommendations for STD testing.
You can request specific STD tests or a full panel. An STD clinic can recommend tests based on your sexual health and symptoms.
A routine STD panel may include:
A full-panel STD test adds:
The cost of an STD test will vary by location and test type. Some clinics, usually community or nonprofit clinics, offer free or low-cost testing. Labs, clinics, and at-home testing companies may accept insurance to cover or lower your cost of testing.
Lab testing fees range from $8 to $150. At home tests cost between $35 and $175 per test.
Appointment policies vary by location, so call ahead or check the clinic website before you head in for a test. Some clinics or testing centers accept walk-ins or have same-day or next-day appointments.
Your STD test results time will depend on the test. Some clinics offer rapid HIV testing, which can offer results in less than 30 minutes. Bacterial STD testing (chlamydia, gonorrhea, or syphilis) takes several days to get results, while viral STD testing (HPV, herpes, or HIV) results can take just one to two days.
Community-based STD testing organizations generate awareness and foster social change while providing access to testing and treatment.
If you’re concerned about visiting your regular doctor or can’t afford the cost of private testing, a community testing center may be able to help. While community testing centers may charge a fee for STD testing, it’s common to find free or low-cost testing from these resources:
Boulder Valley Women’s Health Center offers a wide range of medical services no matter what your gender is. The center provides STD and rapid HIV testing and referrals. Its professionals manage annual exams and cancer screenings in addition to specialized gynecological health care, birth control, and abortion resources. You can walk in for select services. Otherwise, you should make an appointment. The center is open for varying hours Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., and Friday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. It accepts insurance and offers a sliding fee schedule if you are uninsured.
2855 Valmont Road Boulder, Colo. 80301, 303-442-5160
The HHS Department’s reproductive health clinic in nearby Broomfield provides you with a wide range of healthcare services, including STD screening and treatment and HIV testing and counseling. The facility also offers you contraceptive services, pregnancy resources, and cancer screening in addition to physical exams, regardless of your gender. All services are confidential. Clinic hours are Tuesday and Wednesday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., and appointments are required. The clinic offers a sliding-fee scale to accommodate all patients.
100 Spader Way Broomfield, Colo. 80020, 720-887-2200
The Jefferson County Public Health Department offers you a variety of health care services on a sliding-fee scale, including STD testing and treatment. HIV and hepatitis C testing and counseling are also available. Whether you’re an adolescent, man, or woman, its professionals provide you with general medical and cancer screening exams, pregnancy testing, and emergency contraceptive resources. Phone hours for scheduling your appointment are Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., and same day and next day appointments are frequently available.
645 Parfet St. Denver, Colo. 80215, 303-239-7078
Planned Parenthood tests and treats many STDs, including chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis. The clinic also offers you HIV testing and diagnosis. Its trained professionals provide you with preventative measures, such as HPV vaccines, dental dams, and condoms. Planned Parenthood’s other resources include general health care, whether you’re an adolescent, man, or woman, in addition to emergency contraception, pregnancy care, and abortion. You may also receive unbiased education regarding reproductive health. The clinic’s hours vary depending on the day. It accepts many insurance plans and provides a sliding fee scale if you’re uninsured. Hours are Monday through Wednesday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Thursday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Friday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m., and Saturday, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
2525 Arapahoe Ave., Suite C-200 Boulder, Colo. 80302, 303-447-1040
If you live or work southeast of Boulder, the Tri-County Health Department’s clinic in Westminster offers a range of health care services. Its professionals test and treat STDs and screen for HIV/AIDS. The clinic also offers birth control supplies and counseling, pregnancy exams, and annual pelvic and clinical breast exams if you need them. In addition to reproductive health, the department provides immunizations and support if you’re a new mother. Appointments are required, and the clinic is open Monday through Friday, 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m. All fees are income-based.
1401 W. 122nd St. Westminster, Colo. 80234, 303-363-3018