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Don’t let an STD keep you from enjoying your sexual health. Get yourself tested at one of Colorado Springs’ many accessible, confidential community clinics, or use a convenient at-home STD test kit.
CDC statistics show that Colorado’s STD caseload falls a bit under the national average, but Colorado Springs’ rates are rising, and chlamydia and gonorrhea are a particular problem. Getting tested at one of the many clinics or in the privacy of your own home helps prevent spread.
People between the ages of 15 and 24 account for more than half of new STD infections, and many don’t know where to go for testing. In Colorado Springs, the El Paso County Public Health department provides education, exams, and treatment for chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis and HIV, and so does Planned Parenthood at Colorado Springs Westside Health Center, where you can also buy low-cost safer sex products. In addition to testing, the Colorado Health Network provides HIV/AIDS care, HCV treatment, and transgender and gender-nonconforming affirmative/expansive care regardless of your ability to pay.
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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.
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:
Colorado Health Network offers HIV, HCV, and STD testing and can help you with PrEP and PEP. 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 you regardless of your ability to pay. If you are uninsured or you require financial assistance you can schedule an appointment through the CHN Health Access Program for help. Testing is performed biweekly by appointment on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.
1301 South 8th Street, Suite 200 Colorado Springs, CO 80905, 719-578-9092
The Colorado Springs Pregnancy Center has multiple locations that can provide you with free HIV screening and STD testing and treatment for chlamydia and gonorrhea. Staff members can explain your options and will help those who test positive to move forward with treatment. 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 4:00 p.m., and Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
3700 Galley Road Colorado Springs, CO 80909, 719-249-8159
If you are a Colorado Springs resident who lives north of the city, you 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. Most services are available by appointment only. Clinic hours are Monday through Friday from 7:45 a.m. to noon, and 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. You can also access a number of outreach locations throughout Denver.
660 N. Bannock Street, Pavilion L, 2nd Floor Denver, CO 80204, 303-602-3540
El Paso County Public Health can provide you with 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 both men and women. The clinic accepts Medicaid and offers low-cost, sliding-scale fees based on income for those who qualify. You can make an appointment 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, 719-578-3199
Planned Parenthood at Colorado Springs Westside Health Center offers HIV testing and chlamydia, gonorrhea, and genital warts testing and treatment for a fee. You can also get 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 Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 8:00 am to 6:00 p.m., Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
3480 Centennial Boulevard Colorado Springs, CO 80907, 719-475-7162