The annual HIV surveillance report showed that Freeborn County had no new HIV infection reported in 2019. The statistics indicated a decrease in the case count since the health department had recorded two cases in 2018.
In 2019, the county reported 98 newly diagnosed chlamydia infections at a prevalence rate of 314.0. That was a decrease from the previous year that had recorded 114 cases at a prevalence rate of 365.0.
Gonorrhea is the second most commonly reported STD in Freeborn County, after Chlamydia. The health department noted a significant decrease in the number of new infections in 2019, as it reported 16 cases at a prevalence rate of 51.0, relatively low from the 41 cases reported in 2018 at an occurring rate of 131.0.
Freeborn County reported three cases of syphilis in 2018. In 2019, there were no new recorded infections.
While the county showcases a downward surge in STD count, the numbers are still significant.
The public health department of Freeborn County engages in community outreach programs that create STD awareness and offer sexual health and prevention education. It also collaborates with school districts to teach teenagers and young adults about responsible sexual behavior.
Mayo Clinic Health System, Minnesota Department of Health, and Planned Parenthood – Mankato Clinic are some health care facilities near Albert Lea that offer confidential STD testing and treatment services.
Some residents, such as low-income individuals and teenagers, may qualify for free STD testing and treatment services. However, additional costs may not be upfront, and prescriptions for after test care might not be available if you test positive.