Much has been done to slow down the rate of transmission of STDs in Dakota County, but still, the annual STI counts continue to rise. Perhaps it is because most people don’t know their status.
In 2016, Dakota County recorded a chlamydia rate of 339.3, with a total of 1,408 cases. In 2017, the case was the same because the incident rate remained above 300.0, that’s according to an STD Surveillance Report (2017) by the Minnesota Department of Health.
Additionally, Dakota health officials reported a gonorrhea rate that was below 99.0. Syphilis was the least prevalent as the county recorded a rate of between 3.1 and 9.2.
The Let’s Stop HIV Together, formerly recognized as Act Against AIDS, is a program that aims to create HIV awareness, stop the stigma, and risk-reduction for individuals who are predisposed to the virus. This campaign integrates local care clinics and partnerships that target an AIDS-free society.
If you would like to know your STD status, you may receive testing services from the Hennepin County Public Health (Red Door Clinic). You can also visit the STD Clinic 555 at the Ramsey County Public Health on Cedar St or you may opt to go to the African American AIDS Task Force in Robbinsdale.
You can also visit nearby medical centers within the town which might offer free STD testing services. However, you may not have the choice of booking an appointment or you might not be allowed to see doctors on site since they work on tight schedules. Another downside is that you may be charged for doctor consultations.