STI, HIV and Hepatitis C Testing

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Our clinics offer low or no cost (on a sliding scale) sexually transmitted illness (STI), Hepatitis C, and HIV testing services. You can either make an appointment or walk in to one of our clinics. We recommended making an appointment to make sure you are seen as soon as possible. Please call 303-363-3018 to make an appointment.

Chlamydia and Gonorrhea

What are Chlamydia and Gonorrhea?Chlamydia and Gonorrhea are common STIs that can infect both men and women.
How are Chlamydia and Gonorrhea spread?You can get chlamydia and/or gonorrhea by having unprotected vaginal, anal, or oral sex with someone who has chlamydia and/or gonorrhea. If you are pregnant, you can give chlamydia and/or gonorrhea to your baby during birth. 
Symptoms

Most people who have chlamydia and/or gonorrhea do not have symptoms. If you do not get treatment, it can lead to serious health problems. Symptoms may include:

  • Vaginal bleeding between your periods
  • Pain or burning when passing urine
  • Increased vaginal discharge
  • A discharge from your penis
  • Painful or swollen testicles
Who should get tested?
  • Sexually active women younger than 25
  • Sexually active women 25 and older who have new or multiple sex partners or a sex partner who has STIs
  • Pregnant women
  • Gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men
  • Anyone with any symptoms or who has a partner with chlamydia and/or gonorrhea or symptoms
How do I get tested at Tri-County Health Department?You can find our clinic schedule here for chlamydia and gonorrhea testing. Please call 303-363-3018 to make an appointment. 
What kind of test will I receive?Urine, swab and/or Pap
What happens if I have chlamydia or gonorrhea?Our clinics provide free treatment for yourself and your partners. 

Trichomoniasis

What is trichomoniasis?It is an infection with a protozoan parasite called Trichomonas vaginalis. Both men and women can get trichomoniasis.
How it trichomoniasis spread?The parasite passes from an infected person to an uninfected person during sex.
SymptomsAlthough symptoms of the disease vary, most people who have the parasite cannot tell they are infected.

Symptoms for a woman include:
  • Foul-smelling vaginal discharge
  • Genital itching
  • Painful urination or sexual intercourse

Symptoms for a man include:

  • Irritation inside the penis
  • Burning with urination or after ejaculation
  • Discharge from the penis
Who should get tested?Anyone with:
  • Multiple sexual partners
  • A history of other STIs
  • A previous episode of trichomoniasis
  • History of sex without a condom
  • Symptoms or a partner with trichomoniasis or symptoms
How do I get tested at Tri-County Health Department?You can find out clinic schedule for trichomoniasis testing here. Please call 303-363-3018 to make an appointment. 
What kind of test will I receive?Urine, swab and/or Pap
What happens if I have trichomoniasis?Our clinics will provide free treatment for yourself and your partners. 

Syphilis

What is syphilis?Syphilis is a STI that can cause serious health problems if it is not treated. 
How is syphilis spread?You can get syphilis by direct contact with a syphilis sore during unprotected vaginal, anal, or oral sex. If you are pregnant, you can pass syphilis on to your baby even if you don't know you are infected. 
SymptomsYou can have syphilis even if you don't notice any symptoms. Syphilis is divided into stages (primary, secondary, latent, and tertiary). There are different signs and symptoms associated with each stage.

Some people develop ocular syphilis (syphilis in their eyes). 
Who should get tested?
  • All pregnant women should be tested for syphilis at their first prenatal visit. 
  • You should get tested for syphilis regularly if you are sexually active and:
    • are a man who has sex with men
    • are living with HIV
    • have partner(s) who have tested positive for syphilis
    • are taking PrEP for HIV prevention
How do I get tested at Tri-County Health Department?If you believe you may be at risk for syphilis, our clinics offer no cost syphilis testing for uninsured clients only. You can either make an appointment or walk in to one of our clinics. You can find the clinic schedule here. Please call 303-363-3018 to make an appointment.
What kind of test will I receive?Blood test.
What happens if I have syphilis?We will refer you to Denver Public Health STI clinic for no cost syphilis treatment. 

Hepatitis C

What is Hepatitis C?Hepatitis C is an infection of the liver that results from the Hepatitis C virus.
How is Hepatitis C spread?Hepatitis is usually spread when blood from a person infected with the Hepatitis C virus enters the body of someone who is not infected. Many people become infected with Hepatitis C by sharing needles, syringes, or any other equipment to inject drugs. 
SymptomsMany people with Hepatitis C do not have symptoms and do not know they are infected. Symptoms include:
  • Fever
  • Feeling tired
  • Not wanting to eat
  • Upset stomach
  • Throwing up
  • Dark urine
  • Grey-colored stool
  • Joint pain
  • Yellow skin and eyes
Who should get tested?Testing for Hepatitis C is recommended for certain groups, including people who:
  • Were born from 1945 - 1965
  • Received donated blood or organs before 1992
  • Have ever injected drugs, even if it was just once or many years ago
  • Have certain medical conditions, such as chronic liver disease and HIV or AIDS
  • Have been exposed to blood from a person who has Hepatitis C
  • Are a sexual partner of a HIV positive or Hepatitis C positive person
  • Were ever incarcerated
  • Ever used intra-nasal drugs
  • Ever received piercings or tattoos with unsterile equipment
  • Are on hemodialysis
  • Are born to a mother with Hepatitis C
How do I get tested at Tri-County Health Department?You can find our clinic schedule here for Hepatitis C testing. Please call 303-363-3018 to make an appointment. 
What kind of test will I receive?Finger stick rapid test. 
What happens if I have Hepatitis C?We will refer you to Liver Health Connection for a confirmatory test and treatment.

HIV

What is HIV?HIV stands for human immunodeficiency virus. It weakens a person's immune system by destroying important cells that fight disease and infection. With proper medical care, HIV can be controlled. 
How is HIV spread?You can get HIV by direct contact with a sore during unprotected vaginal, anal, or oral sex. You can find sores on or around the penis, vagina, or anus, or in the rectum, on the lips, or in the mouth. HIV can spread from an infected mother to her unborn baby.
SymptomsSome people may experience a flu-like illness within 2 - 4 weeks after infection, including fever, chills, rash, night sweats, muscle aches, sore throat, fatigue, swollen lymph nodes, or mouth ulcers. 
Who should get tested?
  • Everyone between the ages of 13 and 64 should get tested for HIV at least once
  • A man who has had sex with another man
  • Anyone who has had anal or vaginal sex with an HIV-positive partner
  • Anyone who has had more than one sex partner since your last HIV test
  • Anyone has has injected drugs or shared needles or works with others
  • Anyone who has exchanged sex for drugs or money
  • Anyone who has been diagnosed with another STI
  • Anyone who has been diagnosed with or treated for Hepatitis or tubercolosis (TB)
  • Pregnant women
  • Transgender people
How do I get tested at Tri-County Health Departmemt?Our HIV testing clinic offers extensive risk reduction counseling and PrEP screening and referral (HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis). You can find our clinic schedule here.

You can also get HIV testing at our sexual health clinics. You can find our sexual health clinic schedule here.

Please call 303-363-3018 to make an appointment. 
What kind of test will I receive?Finger stick rapid test
What happens if I have HIV?We will refer you to a State Health Department Health Professional and a HIV Linkage to Care care manager. 

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