In the Grand Junction area, the most common STDs include chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis. While the rates of chlamydia and gonorrhea are lower in Grand Junction’s Mesa County than in Colorado, all three of these STDs have been on the rise in recent years.
Chlamydia is the most common STD reported in Mesa County. While this infection tends to be disclosed at a lower rate in this county than in the state and nation as a whole, the number of cases has been on the rise. In 2008, the CDC reported 574 cases in Mesa County, which corresponds with a rate of 403.1 per 100,000 people. In 2018, there were 640 documented infections for a frequency of 422.1. Statewide, females are more likely than males to be diagnosed with chlamydia, and infection rates are highest in those aged 20-24.
Gonorrhea is the second most common STD in the Grand Junction region. Between 2008 and 2018, the number of cases reported in Mesa County increased from 29, which corresponds with 20 infections per 100,000 people, to 219, for a rate of 114. While this is low compared to the statewide rate of 159, the county ranked eighth in the state for number of cases. This infection is most frequently diagnosed in males, who made up about 60% of the state’s cases in 2018. Like chlamydia, it’s disproportionately diagnosed in Coloradans aged 20-24.
In 2018, there were 337 cases of primary and secondary syphilis in Colorado. Of these, 11 were reported in Mesa County. This equates to a frequency of seven infections per 100,000 people, which is a little higher than the statewide rate of six cases. Among those aged 25-29, the rate of infection was 19 per 100,000 people, making this the demographic most likely to be diagnosed with new syphilis infections. Males were significantly more likely to have syphilis and made up 93% of the state’s diagnosed infections in 2018.
While some people with STDs experience warning signs such as sores or bumps, pain, rashes, or fever, many people don’t experience any symptoms. Unfortunately, even STDs that don’t cause noticeable discomfort may lead to serious long-term complications, such as infertility or pregnancy complications, eye inflammation, arthritis, heart disease, and certain cancers. For this reason, the CDC recommends regular STD testing to ensure that infections are caught and treated as quickly as possible. Grand Junction residents have many options for free or low-cost STD testing.
The Mesa County Public Health Department operates a family planning clinic that provides various reproductive health services, including testing and treatment for common STDs like gonorrhea, chlamydia, and syphilis. For STDs that can’t be treated by the clinic, it provides referrals for other local healthcare providers. The clinic serves all patients, regardless of their ability to pay. It bills all major public and private health insurance plans, and income-based discounts are available to uninsured clients. Appointments are required and can be made by calling the clinic.
510 29 ½ Road
Grand Junction, CO 81504
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 can be scheduled by calling the clinic directly or filling out the online contact form. In addition to STD testing, the clinic offers 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
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, individuals should call the clinic directly.
607 25 Road, Suite 201
Grand Junction, CO 81505
ReGen Medical Clinic is an immediate care clinic that provides a full array of medical services with little to no wait times. Clients 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
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 for individuals who 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