In 2017, STD counts in Minnesota reached a record high, with the southeastern counties recording alarming STD rates. Most of the cases occurred among people of color and men who have sex with men (MSM).
An STD Surveillance Report (2017) by the Minnesota Department of Health showed that Hennepin County was among the 26 counties in the state with a chlamydia rate of over 300.0. Most cases of the infection occurred among females.
The report further stated that the county recorded a gonorrhea rate of over 100.0 per 100,000 population, while syphilis morbidity was above 9.2, which surpassed the infection rate in St. Paul City, which had 9.1.
The Hennepin County health runs the Ryan White Part A program that focuses on providing HIV/AIDS care and support to low-income individuals living with HIV. With collaborations with the Minnesota Council for HIV/AIDS Care and Prevention, the county health department hopes to offer an integrated healthcare approach for HIV+ population.
For Champlin residents who’d like to know their STD status, you may visit the Hennepin County Public Health (Red Door Clinic) at 525 Portland Ave, Minneapolis. The Ramsey County Public Health STD Specialty Center at 555 Cedar St, St Paul is another alternative.
Alternatively, you can visit the Planned Parenthood St. Paul Health Center on Vandalia St, or the other PP clinic at 918 W Lake St.
You can also opt to local clinics which may render free STD testing services across Champlin. The downside with such services is that the tests may not be as free as indicated and the clinics may delay to release results for more than 14 days. Besides, you may have to add some cash to consult a doctor.