Hugo, MN, a commuter and semi-rural town in Washington County, displayed changing numbers of newly recorded STD incidents in the recent past years. For instance, new HIV infections in 2017 were 136, and the number hiked to 165 positive diagnoses in 2018, which remained constant in 2019.
Gonorrhea incidents showcased an upsurge over the years. In 2017, 146 new infections were occurring at a rate of 61.0 and rose to 163 positive incidents in 2018 at a prevalence rate of 68.0. In 2019, positive test results amounted to 192, and the recorded incidence rate was 81.0 per 100,000 residents.
Chlamydia had the highest number of incidents among all STDs. In 2017, the newly recorded cases were 747 with an occurrence rate of 314.0 and slightly shot up to 750 in 2018, happening at a rate of 315.0.
In 2019, there was a further surge of Chlamydia cases with a total of 764 new cases prevailing at a rate of 321.0 per 100,000 people.
The Minnesota Department of Health has multiple STD prevention programs that aim to reduce the skyrocketing STD cases in towns, including Hugo. The STD/HIV Partner Services Program ensures residents diagnosed with STDs have access to prevention, medical, and partner notification services. The health department also provides PrEP and syringe access and disposal services.
Examples of STD clinics in the Hugo area include MinuteClinic – White Bear Lake, St Paul – Ramsey County Public Health, Planned Parenthood – St. Paul-Vandalia Health Center, and HealthPartners Urgent Care Arden Hills.
Some health centers may provide you free STD testing services, but you may face challenges such as varying wait times, and inconvenient hours.