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Brooklyn Park, Minnesota

Brooklyn Park, Minnesota is located on the west bank of the Mississippi River and upstream from Minneapolis in northern Hennepin County. It is a northwest suburb of the Twin Cities of Minneapolis-Saint Paul with a metropolitan region of about 3.5 million residents.

Listed as a Tree City USA, it is home to miles of trails, 67 award winning parks, and the northern section of Palmer Lake Park. The North Hennepin Community College and campus of Hennepin Technical College are also located in Brooklyn Park, MN.

The city is also home to the Edinburgh USA Golf Course. This course is one of the top public golf courses in the country. The city still has undeveloped land and farms including the Eidem Homestead that is a 1900s working farm and popular tourist attraction for school field trips and families. Brooklyn Park Clinic is one area facility that can help you find information about STDs, testing, and treatment.

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STD Statistics In Hennepin County, MN

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Additional STD Test Statistics in Brooklyn Park, MN

Here are recent statistics about STD rates in Minnesota.

  • Syphilis rates rose 63% in Minnesota women in 2015, causing state officials to call for more testing and awareness of the disease, according to recent reports.
  • Chlamydia cases numbered 19,897 according to the Minnesota Department of Health with 66% of those cases in men and women ages 15-24.
  •  Gonorrhea cases numbered 2073 according to the Minnesota Department of Health with 52% of the cases in men and women ages 15-24.

Health officials note that chlamydia is now the most common communicable disease in Minnesota. Here are some statistics about chlamydia in Minnesota.

  • It accounted for about 80 percent of all Minnesota STDs with a 7 percent increase in one year and currently at 21,238
  • The majority of chlamydia cases occurred in teens and young adults 15 to 24.

With chlamydia the most reported STD in Minnesota, the number of cases last reported was 21,238. Gonorrhea was second, with 4,097 cases, and syphilis ranked third, with 654. Public health officials said they are particularly troubled by the rapid spread of chlamydia, which has increased 61 percent in the last decade.

A related statistic showed problems with young adults and teens having unprotected sex and not using condoms. This is according to a recent report that 40 percent of Minnesota pregnancies are unintended. Teen pregnancy rates of women aged 15 to 19 was 36 in 1000 women in 2010.

Unintended pregnancy happens at higher rates in working class women and women of color. A report stated that 45 percent of sexually active students in Minnesota say they or their partner always uses a condom during sexual contact in 2012.

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STD Testing and Sexual Education in Brooklyn Park, MN

In Minnesota sex education is considered by many to be a growing issue. Some feel the way students are taught sex education has little or no positive impact on their sexual behavior. It is typical for a student to go through an abstinence-only program in Minnesota. In 2010 the state got money in federal funding for teaching abstinence-only to students.

The Obama administration eliminated this funding after 2010. Schools continue to teach abstinence only until marriage.

A requirement for sex education in Minnesota is that abstinence must be taught as the only completely effective way to protect against unplanned pregnancy, STDs/STIs, and sexually transmitted HIV/AIDs. A sex education class must be taught so the information is technically correct. What is not required is teaching about contraceptives. The teacher must have sex education training. For some these state level sex education requirements are a problem.

This is because there is no statewide, district wide, or even school wide curriculum for sex education in Minnesota. Teachers are free to create their own curriculum. This means students attending the same school could learn something completely different about sex and reproductive health depending on the teacher. It is important to create a statewide and inclusive curriculum for comprehensive sex education in the state of Minnesota.

The current state of education in Minnesota is not effective as we see reports of high numbers of unintended pregnancies.  We also see reports of sexually active students at high numbers reporting not using condoms. Rates for STDs are high in the state also showing the current state of education is ineffective.

Sexually Transmitted Diseases and Demographics in Brooklyn Park, MN

Demographics play a role in the high STD rates in your city, surrounding region, and the state of Minnesota.

Chlamydia, the nation’s and state’s most widespread sexually transmitted disease, accounted for roughly 80 percent of all Minnesota STDs last year, with 21,238 cases, a 7 percent increase in just one year.

The majority of those cases occurred in teens and young adults ages 15 to 24. Gonorrhea was second, with 4,097 cases. Syphilis ranked third, with 654 cases. An especially troubling trend was a sharp increase in infections among women, especially women of childbearing age. Higher syphilis infection rates turned up among Indian and African-American women and men who have sex with men. There were reports of women who passed syphilis to their babies last year.

Overall, the report showed higher infection rates for chlamydia and gonorrhea among communities of color and American Indians when compared to whites.

Public health officials said they are particularly troubled by the rapid spread of chlamydia, which has increased 61 percent in the last decade. People may not know they have it as there are no symptoms so that would contribute to the increase as would the fact that there is a decline in the overall number of people receiving STD screenings.

Every year when the STD report comes out for Minnesota, it gets worse. People need to know these issues and get tested and treated.

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STI Testing Resources in Brooklyn Park, MN

Fortunately, there are facilities in your city and area that can help you with STD education, testing, and treatment.

Planned Parenthood/Brooklyn Park is a place that can help you with STD education, testing, and treatment. The staff is trained to help you with your situation and the Brooklyn Park facility offers STD testing, diagnosis, and treatment including chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis.

Additionally, they provide testing and diagnosis for HIV and testing, diagnosis, and treatment for bacterial vaginosis, genital warts, herpes, and trichomoniasis. STD prevention services include condoms, HPV (Gardasil) vaccines, hepatitis B vaccines, and STD/safer sex education. The facility tests for gonorrhea and chlamydia using a urine sample. If this test shows an infection, then you will get treatment and an explanation of how your partner can be treated. Rapid HIV testing is done by swabbing the inside of your mouth with results available in 20-40 minutes.

A hospital such as Brooklyn Park Clinic – Hennepin County Medical Center can also help especially if you feel embarrassed going to Planned Parenthood. Remember also that you can go to a counsellor or nurse at a public high school such as Park Center Senior High School for information about where to get tested.

A service such as STD Check or Any Lab Test Now can also help. The Any Lab facility advertises that they provide discreet lab testing in a comfortable setting. If you are concerned and not sure what to test for, this group can help. They can also help you if you have been told you have been exposed to a specific disease. STD testing can include a Comprehensive STD Panel. It can also cover separate testing for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea; HIV; Hepatitis Panel or Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, and Hepatitis C; Herpes (HSV1 and HSV2); Syphilis; and Trichomonas Vaginalis – Male or Female. You can call to schedule an appointment or schedule one online.

Keep in mind that in your area there are urgent care centers. One of the less talked about but highly used services of such a center is STD testing. Whether testing for Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, Herpes, HIV, Syphilis or any other disease or condition, these STD screenings you can use to help you.  You can find online reviews about these centers to help you decide to use one including a service in your city.

You can also work with an organization such as CRUSH to help. CRUSH is a group of professionals, youth, and community members who are concerned about rising rates of chlamydia and STDs in the Minneapolis area. The group has a focus on outreach efforts for urban teens and young adults. It has organized STD screenings at Twin Cities locations.

Over 100 young adults have used their services for testing and treatment for chlamydia with chlamydia treatable with antibiotics and untreated possibly leading to infertility.

Better Sexual Health in Brooklyn Park, MN

Whether you go to Brooklyn Park/Planned Parenthood, a high school counsellor or nurse at an area high school such as Brooklyn Park Senior High, an online service, or a clinic or hospital, you can find in your area information about STDs, testing, and treatment.

While STD rates are high in your city and area, help is available in your area in the way of testing and treatment that is confidential, discreet, compassionate, and effective.

Consider how the staff at these facilities is trained to help someone like you, especially with the staff at Brooklyn Park/Planned Parenthood or any other facility reminding you to check your health, improve it, and keep yourself healthy by always using a condom to practice safe sex.

Here are links to resources mentioned above.

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