Clinic Services Now Available!
Clinic Services at the Archuleta County Public Health Department (ACPHD) include Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) testing, Tuberculosis (TB) testing and treatment and pregnancy testing at reduced or no cost. Certain insurance companies may also be billed through the department.
Current offerings are best when done by appointment though walk-ins are welcome. Clinic staff includes Medical Officer, Dr. Dave Shaeffer, Registered Nurses Shelby Aragon and Kelly Blocki, MA Lisa Sanchez and support staff, Berklee Ruthardt.
Current Clinic Hours
Thursdays -10 am to 7 pm (starting Feb 22nd )
Fridays -10 am to 5 pm
One Saturday a month 9am-1pm including the following:
- Feb 24th
- March 16th
- April 13th
- May 18th
5th grade Middle School Immunization Clinic May 16th
More information will be going out via the school (if your child is in the 5th grade)
Current Clinic Offerings
The ACPHD clinic is now offering pregnancy testing as well sexually transmitted disease testing and treatment when necessary. These appointments are available every Friday, between the hours of 9a.m. and 5p.m. Please call for an appointment, 970-264-2409.
ACPHD offers routine Childhood Vaccines and Limited Adult Vaccines, free to those who are uninsured, underinsured (high deductible plans) or on Medicaid. Some private insurances are also accepted.
Sexually Transmitted Infection
What is an STI?
Previously known as an STD, the change was made to Sexually Transmitted Infection due to most being common as well as curable. STI’s are spread through sexual contact but can also be spread through blood, semen, vaginal, and other bodily fluids. There are also a few ways STI’s are spread non-sexually, such as sharing needles and during childbirth.
Why and when to test?
Detecting an STI early can equal a complete cure with treatment. For those with HIV and Hepatitis C, treatments can improve overall quality of life. Testing should occur annually, with new partners, or more frequently if you engage in high-risk behaviors such as multiple partners at once. Many STIs do not have symptoms, and the only way to know if you have an STI is to get tested. Symptoms may include:
- skin changes on the genitals, anus, or mouth (sores, bumps, warts, blisters)
- genital itching
- painful or increased urination
- unusual smell or discharge from the genitals
- vaginal bleeding other than a period
- pain with sex
STI's are Preventable
Prevention is key and is simple. Sexually active persons should wear protection while being active with partners by using condoms, oral protectants, and regular testing.
What is TB?
TB is a contagious disease spread from person to person through the air when droplets are coughed up by an infected person diagnosed with pulmonary TB disease. TB is the number one infectious disease cause death surpassing HIV and Aids, with over 4,400 victims each day.
How do I know I have TB?
Common symptoms of TB can be bad coughing for 3 weeks or longer, pain in the chest, coughing up blood or sputum (phlegm from deep inside the lungs), fever, chills, weight loss, and weakness or fatigue.
Why should I test for TB and how do we test?
TB testing should be done on those who travel to countries where it is common, have weak immune system, HIV, or are experiencing any of the symptoms of TB. TB testing can be done via a skin or blood test.
What if my test comes back positive?
If your test comes back positive, there are several treatment regimens to choose from. Treatment options will depend on the form of TB you have, and other perimeters discussed with your primary care doctor. Treating TB is always recommended as it’s essential in controlling TB spread in the United States. Recovery can be lengthy as long as 12 months, but TB is treatable.
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Woman, Infant & Children (WIC) Program
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Community Outreach Specialist
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