A health crisis is lurking in Rice County, Minnesota after health officials reported a steady increase in STD cases every year. HIV, chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis remain the most reported STDs in the county.
According to HIV Prevalence Data by County Health Rankings & Roadmaps, there was a decrease from 31 cases with a rate of 57.0 cases per 100,000 populations to zero counts in 2012-2015. Chlamydia infections rose by 25%, from 120 to 150 incidences.
However, in 2018, Rice County documented 193 cases of chlamydia in 2018 with a prevalence of 330.0, and 26 gonorrhea cases with an occurrence rate of 41.0.
In the war against HIV, the “Partnering and Communicating Together” program was started. Its purpose is to conduct awareness activities and promote testing and treatment retention for PLWHA. Primarily, it targets senior Americans who are the most disproportionately affected by the virus.
Several health clinics within Northfield town may provide STD testing and screening services. For example, the Rice County Public Health STD Clinic along 3rd St NW, Faribault, may render STI testing, counseling, and prevention educations.
Otherwise, you can go to the Northfield Women’s Center located on Washington St, the HealthFinders Collaborative on Central Ave N, and the Planned Parenthood of Apple Valley, which is nestled along Galaxie Ave.
You can also turn to other clinics within Northfield town that may offer free STD testing or low-cost services. However, some shortcomings of these services are that the doctors may not be available for consultations whether on-site or through the phone. Furthermore, you might be charged to receive testing services for particular STIs.