In Ramsey County, efforts are underway to stop the ever-rising number of annual STD counts in the region. The Healthy People 2020 set the goal of maintaining a prevalence lower than 251.9 cases per 100,000 populations in females and 194.8 in males.
According to an STD Surveillance Report for Ramsey County, in 2017, health officials recorded 1,184 incidences of gonorrhea with a rate of 233.0. In 2016, gonorrhea incident rate in males was 369.0 and 402.0 in females, which falls short of the Healthy People 2020 target.
In 2017, Ramsey County documented a chlamydia rate of 660.0, while in 2016, there was a total of 119 syphilis incidences.
There is a need for people to access HIV care services. The “Partnering and Communicating Together (PACT)” was established to educate people about testing, treatment, prevention, and care retention for persons disproportionately affected by HIV, including senior citizens.
If you’re searching for testing clinics, you can visit the Ramsey County Health Department STD Specialty clinic. You may also head down to Vandalia St in St. Paul where you’ll find the Planned Parenthood Health Center.
Alternatively, you may receive STD/HIV testing and treatment services from the Hennepin County Public Health’s Red Door Clinic on Portland Ave S, Minneapolis. Another option is the Aliveness Project clinic situated on Nicollet Ave.
To expand testing services, there are other nearby clinics that might provide free STD testing services within the city. The only challenges with these clinics include doctor may be unavailable on-site or you might be charged extra fee to seek consultation services. Moreover, there might be no after care prescription if your results turn positive.