STD Testing and Treatment

To protect our patients, families, employees and the community during the outbreak of COVID-19, Denver Public Health is following Denver Health’s Visitor Guidelines, restricting visitors at all clinics. Currently no visitors are permitted, adult patients are encouraged to come alone to their appointments.
Para proteger a nuestros pacientes, familias, empleados y la comunidad durante el brote de COVID-19, Denver Public Health está siguiendo la estricta Pautas para visitantes de Denver Health, restringiendo los visitantes en todas las clínicas. Actualmente no se permiten visitas, se recomienda a los pacientes adultos a que vayan solos a sus citas.
Learn about safer sex during coronavirus (COVID-19).

Welcome to STD and HIV testing services at Denver Public Health. We offer confidential, low-cost testing and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), or sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and HIV. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our services have changed in order to keep our patients and staff safe. Please bear with us through these changes.

STD Testing

Sexual Health Clinic

The Sexual Health Clinic at Denver Public Health offers STD and HIV testing by appointment and on a walk-in basis with limited availability. We have many partners throughout the city that offer free and low cost testing, please check to see if they are open and operating. You can also call our outreach team at 720-415-7075 for their testing services time.

Clinic Hours

7:45am to 12 pm, 12:30pm to 5pm. We are closed 12pm to 12:30pm for lunch.

There are two options for getting an appointment in the clinic. You may call us to schedule an appointment or you may walk-in for a same day appointment. Denver Sexual Health Clinic is experiencing a high volume of walk-ins and calls. If you have a primary care provider, please contact your primary care provider first. Walk-in appointments are limited and available on a first come, first serve basis. Walk-ins may be given a same day appointment, but it may be for later that day.

Service Types and Fees

The STD Clinic is a reduced fee clinic. Some of the services provided are assessed a fee. Services are not dependent on the ability to pay. Clinic staff will inform patients of any fees due during the check-in process. Acceptable payment methods are cash, Visa, or MasterCard.

We accept most types of insurance, we do not collect co-pays or send you a bill later. You may get an explanation of benefits (EOB) from your insurance company after your visit.

Patients age 18 and under can be seen without fees.

  • Routine testing (persons without any symptoms):
    • For persons without insurance and over age 19, cost of testing will be $20-80 based on a sliding scale.
  • STD concerns and symptoms, treatment, family planning:
    • For persons without insurance and over age 19, fees for services are based on a sliding scale fee schedule and may range from $0 – 80.

Our clinic does offer appointments for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) and for women seeking birth control options. Please call 303-602-3540 for these appointments.

Clinic Closures
2nd Tuesday of the month Closes at 4 p.m.
Last Wednesday of the month Closed from 11 a.m. - Noon
Memorial Day, May 25, 2020 Closed
Observed Independence Day, July 3, 2020 Closed
Labor Day, September 7, 2020 Closed
Thanksgiving Day, November 26, 2020 Closed
Christmas Day, December 25, 2020 Closed

 

Planning Your Visit

  1. Check-in: Get a number and paperwork from the front desk and hang onto them. We use numbers in our clinic to keep clients names confidential while in the waiting area. Have your photo ID ready. Check-in staff will see you first to determine what tests you need and assess the cost of your visit. We may need to draw blood and collect a urine sample from you.
  2. Provider Visit: Your provider will ask questions to get a better idea of what additional tests you might need. The more we understand about you, the better we can help you. This visit may also include a physical exam. You may spend 30-60 minutes with the provider.
  3. Results and Treatment: We often make a diagnosis during your exam, and you may receive medication right away. If test results are not ready at the time of your visit, you will need to call the result line at 303-602-3540 between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, or check MyChart.denverhealth.org for your results. If you don’t have a MyChart account, your nurse will give you login instructions. If you have a positive test result and did not receive medication at your visit, you will need to return to the clinic for treatment at no additional cost.

Testing and Vaccines

The STD Clinic provides evaluation and testing for many sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Your clinician will determine the appropriate tests for you. Most, but not all STDs are treated in the clinic. If needed, clinic staff can connect individuals to other sources of care.

The STD Clinic is a reduced fee clinic. Some of the services provided are assessed a fee. Services are not dependent on the ability to pay. Clinic staff will inform patients of any fees due at the time of the visit.

Evaluation and Testing
We can evaluate and test for the following STDs and conditions:

Vaccinations
Vaccinations can prevent several STDs, including:

We also have vaccines against Influenza (Flu). These vaccines are available at the Sexual Health Clinic and/or the Immunization Clinic at Denver Public Health.

Outreach STD Testing

Denver Public Health’s Outreach team offers free and confidential HIV, Hep C and STD testing at various locations throughout Denver. All visits are sex- positive, affirming and tailored to your needs.

  • Tests Offered in Outreach
    We offer HIV, syphilis, gonorrhea, chlamydia, and hepatitis C testing at our Outreach locations. We test for HIV, syphilis and Hep C through a blood draw or finger stick. Gonorrhea and chlamydia tests are completed through a urine collection, and/or throat swab, and/or self-collected rectal swab depending on the type of sex you have. HIV and Hep C results will be provided at the time of your visit. Syphilis results take up to 5-10 days; gonorrhea and chlamydia results take 2-3 business days. You will be able to get your results through a secure, online portal.
  • Planning Your Visit to Outreach
    We do not schedule appointments - all visits are on a walk-in, first-come first-served basis and take 30-45 minutes. No insurance is needed and all testing is free. We do require a picture ID for registration. The Outreach tester will take a brief sexual health history, talk about testing options, and work with you to decide on what tests are best for you. The Outreach team can discuss pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) (a pill that can be taken once a day to prevent HIV) and connect you to care if you are interested. 
  • More Information
    In Outreach we do not provide medical evaluation or treatment. If you are experiencing symptoms or know that you were exposed to an STD, please go to the Denver Public Health STD Clinic. If you know or think you were exposed to HIV in the last 72 hours, please call the Linkage to Care team for information about post exposure prophylaxis (PEP). Call or text us with questions 720-415-7075.

STD Treatment

If you are diagnosed with an STD at our clinic, sometimes you will get treatment during your visit. If you find out later that one of your results was positive and you need treatment, you can come back to our clinic for medications. You can also visit your primary care provider for STD treatment.

What if my HIV test is positive?

If you have a positive HIV test in our clinic, we have a Linkage to Care team that will work with you to make sure you get set up with a doctor that will provide you with the best care for you. Our team will also make sure to answer any questions you have.

If you are moving to the Denver Area and are looking for HIV care, you can call our Linkage to Care team at 303-602-3652. If you are calling after normal business hours, or if nobody answers, please leave us a voicemail. This is a confidential number and one of our team members will get back to you as soon as possible.