There are about 2.3 million reported cases of sexually transmitted diseases in the United States. Downwards to the states their situation has been similar with rampant rise in STDs more so in gonorrhea and chlamydia
Minnesota 2017 County STD Statistics shows an increase in infection rates from 2016 into 2017. Despite congenital cases getting fewer and fewer, syphilis has increase by 10%, gonorrhea by 28% and Chlamydia by 4%. Averagely, there is an infection rate of 276 cases per 100,000 people.
32,024 cases of gonorrhea, chlamydia and syphilis were reported, which was a 35% increase from the previous 30,981 cases. Within the same period, there were 286 HIV Cases and 60 Hepatitis C infections. Its expected many cases have gone undiagnosed.
The Minnesota Department of Health has STD control measures which entail education, testing and treatment and, STD prevention measure that encourage use of condoms correctly, no sharing of sharp object and HPV vaccine.
STD testing is available in all Public Health centers within Owatonna for all types of STD. Some centers you can consider include Rural AIDS Action Network on 9th Avenue St 2 Mankato and Blue Earth County Public Health on 410 S 5TH St, Mankato. These services are available from Monday through to Friday from 8:00am to 5:00pm.
Within Owatonna City are STD testing centers that may provide free STD testing and treatment services. However, you may need to make prior booking to the actual day of visit and you might encounter long waiting hours to be attended. Also, the results may delay since the medical centers are crowded and you might not be allowed to consult doctors since they work on tight schedules.