Recent reports showed an increase in sexually transmitted diseases, or STDs, within the Maple Grove area. A government census yielded recent data which shows a rise in cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis, with 30,981 cases in 2017 to 32,024 in 2018. This shows a 2% increase within the Maple Grove region in a single year.
Even a small increase is enough to raise alarm. Public awareness is key in disease prevention and treatment. Public health officials in Maple Grove are alarmed at the rise in the number of STD cases. They are urging routine screenings for all residents, especially those who have been sexually active. Diseases such as chlamydia typically show very little to no symptoms in the early phases, which is a factor in the reason that it spreads so rapidly.
Nearby towns and cities have clinics that may offer free STD testing, with results given in as little as 1-2 business days. A host of private clinics should offer a comprehensive blood panel/urine test.
The individual may be able to opt to test for a single concern, whether its HIV/AIDS, syphilis, gonorrhea, or any other STD. Results should remain confidential and are usually sent via email.
Other clinics may offer free STD testing for free for those who qualify. Planned Parenthood of Brooklyn Park and NorthPoint Health & Wellness are two recommended clinics that not only do testing but can offer education and support for people of all ages. Those without insurance should not have a problem getting tested.