HIV Testing

Find an HIV Testing Site in the Denver Metro Area

There are more than a dozen HIV and STD testing sites in the Denver Metro area. Regardless of where you happen to be, there's a convenient location for you.

Get Tested Together!

Testing together is an HIV and sexually transmitted infection (STI) testing and counseling service for male and heterosexual couples offered at the Denver Sexual Health Clinic.

HIV in the United States and Colorado

An estimated 1.2 million people in the United States are currently living with HIV, and approximately 50,000 new cases are diagnosed per year. Since the first cases of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) were reported in 1981, more than 1.1 million people have been diagnosed with AIDS and nearly 595,000 have died from the disease. 

In Colorado between 1982 and 2010, approximately 16,600 people were diagnosed with HIV. In recent years, the rate of new HIV cases has remained stable, averaging about 430 new diagnoses each year. Approximately 20 to 25 percent of people living with HIV are unaware of their positive status. This number is even more staggering among young people. It is estimated that 51 percent of people ages 13 to 24 who are living with HIV don't know it.

HIV Testing Recommendations

HIV Testing Recommendations

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that people between the ages of 15 and 65 be screened for HIV, as well as women who are pregnant and unsure of their HIV status.

Individuals who are at an increased risk of getting HIV should get tested every six months. These individuals include the following:

  • Gay and bi-sexual men
  • Men who have sex with men (MSM)
  • Transgender people, especially transgender women
  • People who have condom-less vaginal or anal sex
  • People who share injection drug equipment

People who are at a decreased risk for HIV should ask their provider when they should get tested. These individuals include:

  • People who are not sexually active
  • People who are sexually active in exclusive relationships with people who do not have HIV.

African-Americans and Latinos are more likely to be impacted by HIV, both nationally and in Colorado. More frequent HIV testing is recommended for these populations.

Benefits of HIV Testing

Benefits of HIV Testing

Beginning treatment as soon as HIV is detected improves health outcomes. It also decreases the risk of transmitting HIV to other people, which is key to slowing, and eventually ending, the HIV epidemic.

All of our testing sites offer linkage to care services, so people who test positive for HIV can start getting the care they need. This includes support services, referrals to HIV medical care providers, confirmatory laboratory services, and access to the HIV drug assistance program (ADAP).

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