Living in Hennepin County bears several benefits but also presents a higher risk of contracting an STD. Rates of sexually transmitted diseases in the county have significantly spiked, creating further problems for health officials.
According to an STD Annual Surveillance Data by the Minnesota Department of Public Health, Hennepin County recorded a 37.6% increase in chlamydia rate in 2013-2016, from 476.0 to 655.0. In 2015, there were 4,082 HIV incidences with a rate of 400.0.
Furthermore, the incident rate of gonorrhea in 2017 in Hennepin had exceeded 100.0, while that of syphilis was more than 9.2.
With so many cases of STDs occurring among the LGBT+ community, the “Start Talking. Stop HIV” initiative was started. Its primary focus is to foster openness among gays and bisexual partners regarding their HIV status. It provides practical insights and tools to help them share their sexual health situation and practice prevention techniques.
If you are in search of STD/HIV testing services, you can visit the Ramsey County Health Clinic 555 on Cedar St, St. Paul, or the Hennepin County Public Health’s Red Door clinic along Portland Ave S, Minneapolis.
Alternatively, STD specialty clinics include The Aliveness Project nestled along Nicollet Ave, the North Point Health Center on Penn Ave N, and the JustUs Health situated on W Territorial Rd, St. Paul. Instead, you can also visit the Minnesota Community Care (La Clinica) on Cesar Chavez St.
Other medical clinics in New Hope might provide free STD testing. However, they may take long hours before expediting the results. Further, you may be charged to receive specific STD tests or the clinics might not allow you to see doctors on site.