Health officials in North Dakota are worried about STD rates, which are rising, especially among young people. North Dakota requires sex ed in schools, but youth are not learning enough from it, and health officials urge parents to talk to their kids about sex as well, no matter how awkward the conversation is.
One problem is that most STIs are asymptomatic in the early stages, so those infected do not suspect it, and meanwhile they are spreading the disease to others.
In 2016, Cass County had an HIV prevalence rate of 95.1 per 100K people, above North Dakota’s rate of 60.3. That’s a low rate, but the bacterial STD rates are more worrying. The same year, Cass County’s chlamydia rate was 504.9 per 100K people. The gonorrhea and (primary and secondary) syphilis rates were 128.9 and 7.
There are only a few STD-testing clinics in Fargo, but the city clinic provides free STD testing for HIV only. Planned Parenthood is located just across the state line in Moorhead, Minnesota. They test for STIs and treat all except HIV, and the fee is on a sliding scale. Fargo Cass Public Health also provides confidential STD testing.