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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.
Colorado Springs is the most populous city in El Paso County, which has seen STD rates rise like the rest of the state. In 2018, El Paso County had higher incidences of chlamydia and gonorrhea cases than the statewide rate, but it had a lower number of syphilis cases despite a faster rate of increase.
Chlamydia cases in El Paso County reached 4,015 in 2018, with a rate of 561.9 per 100,000 residents. El Paso’s case rate was higher than the statewide rate, and it was the eighth-highest among the 64 counties in Colorado. Chlamydia infections climbed from the previous year, with 3,748 cases reported in the county in 2017. Since 2014, the rate of chlamydia diagnoses has risen 59.8% from the 2,512 counted that year. This rate increase was twice as high as the statewide increase of 25.2% between 2014 and 2018.
El Paso County had 1,262 instances of gonorrhea reported in 2018, up from 1,072 in 2017. This equates to a rate of 176.6 cases per 100,000 residents, which was higher than the 156.2 statewide rate. In a county comparison, El Paso ranked fourth for the highest rate of infection, behind Pueblo, Denver, and Arapahoe. Between 2014 and 2018, the number of gonorrhea cases has increased by 145.5%, going from 514 to 1,262. However, this rate of increase was slightly slower than the statewide percentage, which was 163.79% during this same period.
In 2018, only 28 of Colorado’s 64 counties reported cases of primary and secondary syphilis, which included El Paso County. However, the county ranked 20th for the rate of infection, with 27 cases yielding 3.8 infections per 100,000 residents. This was lower than the statewide rate of 5.9 and much lower than Washington County’s 21.2 and Denver County’s 18.4. Despite a drop from 29 cases in 2017, El Paso has seen a 350% increase in infections since 2014, with the biggest jump between 2014 and 2015 when reported cases went from 6 to 21. In comparison, the statewide rise of primary and secondary syphilis infections was 70.3% between 2014 and 2018. El Paso also ranked 20th for its rate of infection of early latent syphilis with 19 cases, or a rate of 2.7 per 100,000 residents.
Undiagnosed STDs can do serious harm to a person’s body, especially the longer they go untreated. STDs can be passed on to partners even when a person doesn’t have symptoms because they’re still contagious and can spread the infectious organism at any time. The only way to know for sure whether an STD infection has occurred is through testing. There are several resources in and around Colorado Springs that offer free or low-cost STD testing to individuals looking for peace of mind.
Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) remain one of the most critical public health challenges facing the United States, with approximately 26 million new STD infections occurring every year. Nearly half of these new infections affect young people ages 15 to 24.
Community-based organizations are a vital first line of defense in the fight against STDs and HIV/AIDS in particular. They generate awareness and foster social change while providing access to testing and treatment.
You may not be aware of all the STD resources available in Colorado Springs that can help prevent the spread of STDs. Get connected with these community organizations that are leading the fight against STDs and HIV/AIDS with resources and support:
El Paso County Public Health provides education, exams, and treatment for chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, and HIV. It also offers Gardasil HPV and hepatitis A and B vaccines, pregnancy testing and counseling, birth control, and reproductive health exams for men and women. The clinic accepts Medicaid and offers low-cost, sliding-scale fees based on income for those who qualify. Appointments may be made by phone with same-day, next-day, and walk-in appointments accepted. Clinic hours are Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
1675 West Garden of the Gods Road, Suite 2044
Colorado Springs, CO 80907
Planned Parenthood at Colorado Springs Westside Health Center offers HIV testing and chlamydia, gonorrhea, and genital warts testing and treatment, for a fee. It also provides low-cost safer sex products, including male and female condoms, dental dams, HPV and hepatitis B vaccines, and birth control prescription refills during clinic hours. Phone and walk-in appointments are accepted, and service is available in English and Spanish. Clinic hours are Mondays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
3480 Centennial Boulevard
Colorado Springs, CO 80907
Colorado Health Network offers HIV, HCV, and STD testing, and helps individuals with PrEP and PEP. Testing is performed by appointment on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The clinic also provides HIV/AIDS care, HCV treatment, and transgender and gender-nonconforming affirmative/expansive care. CHN accepts private insurance and Medicaid, but it’s dedicated to helping people regardless of their ability to pay. Uninsured individuals or those requiring financial assistance can schedule an appointment with the CHN Health Access Program for help.
1301 South 8th Street, Suite 200
Colorado Springs, CO 80905
The Colorado Springs Pregnancy Center provides free HIV screening and STD testing and treatment for chlamydia and gonorrhea. Staff members discuss options and how to move forward with treatment for those testing positive. Clinic hours at its central location are Mondays and Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Wednesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Its Westside location at 3925 Centennial Boulevard is open Tuesday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
3700 Galley Road
Colorado Springs, CO 80909
Multiple Colorado Springs locations
Colorado Springs residents who live north of the city can access the Denver Public Health’s Sexual Health Clinics for low-cost, confidential testing for HIV, hepatitis C, chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, HPV, herpes, and other diseases. Testing is available by appointment and on a first-come, first-served walk-in basis with limited availability. Clinic hours are Monday through Friday from 7:45 a.m. to noon, and 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Individuals don’t have to live in Denver County to be seen, and there are a number of outreach locations throughout Denver.
605 Bannock Street
Denver, CO 80204