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Did you know it’s possible to have an STD like chlamydia or gonorrhea and not show any symptoms? That’s why you (and your partners) need to get regular screenings to make sure you are not spreading such diseases unknowingly.
Even in less populated areas like Grand Junction, Colorado, STD infection rates are troubling. Mesa County, where Grand Junction is located, ranked eighth in the state for the number of gonorrhea cases. The area is also a touch above the state average for syphilis, according to CDC reporting.
Getting STD testing is easy, affordable, and confidential. In Grand Junction, you can get services at the Colorado Health Network, a nonprofit organization that offers testing for chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, and hepatitis, and more.
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:
The Mesa County Public Health Department operates a family planning clinic that provides various reproductive health services, including testing and treating common STDs like gonorrhea, chlamydia, and syphilis. For STDs that the clinic can’t treat, the clinic will provide referrals for other local healthcare providers. The clinic serves all patients, regardless of your ability to pay. It bills all major public and private health insurance plans, and income-based discounts are available to uninsured clients. You must make an appointment by calling the clinic.
510 29 ½ Road Grand Junction, CO 81504, 970-248-6900
Colorado Health Network is a nonprofit organization that provides a wide array of healthcare services at local offices throughout the state, including one in Grand Junction. It offers testing for chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, and hepatitis, as well as rapid HIV testing and management. Testing at its Grand Junction office is only by appointment, which you can make by calling the clinic directly or filling out the online contact form. In addition to STD testing, you can access primary medical care, behavioral health services, assistance with obtaining health insurance, and prevention and health education services.
2352 North 7th Street, Suite A-1, Grand Junction, CO 81501, 970-243-2437
Appleton Clinics is a membership-based primary care practice that provides affordable service. For a monthly fee, members have access to unlimited primary care services, as well as STD screenings and treatment. In addition to the monthly membership fee, clients receiving STD testing pay the lab service’s wholesale cost. Due to its pricing structure, the clinic doesn’t accept any public or private health insurance plans. To learn more about the membership program or to schedule an appointment, call the clinic directly.
607 25 Road, Suite 201, Grand Junction, CO 81505, 970-242-1566
ReGen Medical Clinic is an immediate care clinic that provides a full array of medical services with little to no wait times. You can receive testing for the most common STDs, including chlamydia, gonorrhea, HIV, hepatitis B, syphilis, and trichomoniasis. In addition to STD testing, the clinic provides behavioral health services, treatment for illnesses and infections, and on-site diagnostic tests. The clinic accepts most health insurance plans, and assistance is available for uninsured clients. Appointments are required for services and can be made over the phone or online.
2532 Patterson Road, Suite 15, Grand Junction, CO 81505, 970-236-1001
Glenwood Springs Health Center is a Planned Parenthood clinic located in the city of Glenwood Springs, about 80 miles northeast of Grand Junction. This publicly funded clinic provides a variety of affordable healthcare services, including STD testing, treatment, and counseling. Test results are available within a few days to a few weeks, depending on the type of test. Services are provided on a walk-in basis or by appointment, and telehealth STD services are available if you don’t have symptoms. To schedule an appointment, call the clinic or use the online booking tool.
50923 Highway 6 & 24, Glenwood Springs, CO 81601, 970-945-8631