Crow Wing County, home to Brainerd, MN, had 11 HIV incidences in 2017 at a rate of 21, which slowly went up to 12 at a rate of 22 in 2020, evidence of effective control measures to curb more transmissions.
Syphilis had five cases in 2019 that reduced to three in 2020. The number declined due to many MSMs practicing safer sex.
Gonorrhea was also frequent in the county with 24 cases in 2017 at a rate of 38, which soared to 34 at a rate of 54 in 2018 and 2019.
Chlamydia, which causes infertility, was also observed in the city with 173 cases at a rate of 277 in 2017, higher than the subsequent 159 cases at a rate of 254 reported in 2018. The infections further reduced to 141 at a rate of 226 in 2019.
Crow Wing County Health Department offers STDs and HIV testing and screening to the residents to monitor and reduce transmissions. To prevent reinfections, the county’s public health department encourages partner notification for timely treatment and care.
Having an HIV/STD test or screening is essential if you are sexually active, and Brainerd, MN, has many clinics offering free STD testing services. But you may have to book an appointment, and test results might not be immediate.
Some health facilities in Brainerd, MN, such as Weare the Clinic, Essentia Health Urgent Care – Baxter, and Cuyuna Regional Medical Center – Crosby provide the essential sexual health services to residents within the city.