Red Wing is a city along the upper Mississippi River in Goodhue County. There has been a steady increase in the rates of HIV prevalence in the county from 2016 to 2018 and 2019, with recorded rates of 9 per 100,000 and 17 per 100,000 individuals, respectively. However, this was followed by a slight decrease in 2020, with a recorded rate of 14 per 100,000 persons.
Chlamydia rates have fluctuated over the years. There was a drop from 288 per 100,000 in 2017 to 258 per 100,000 individuals in 2018, followed by an increase to 292 per 100,000 persons in 2019. Most infections occurred in young adults and teens aged between 15 to 24 years.
The rates of Gonorrhea infections in the county also fluctuated over the years. There was an increase from 58 per 100,000 individuals in 2017 to 71 per 100,000 in 2018, followed by a significant decrease in 2019 to a rate of 41 per 100,000 persons.
Cases of Syphilis infections remained constant in the years 2019 and 2020 at 3 per 100,000 persons.
In collaboration with community partners, the Goodhue County Public Health Division prioritizes the public health needs of local residents, including mitigating against the spread of STDs/HIV among Red Wing city dwellers. It coordinates community outreach events, where members of the public can gain access to safe sex supplies and thorough STD/HIV testing services.
While in the Red Wing area, you can access STD/HIV testing at Planned Parenthood – Apple Valley Clinic, Mayo Clinic Health System – Urgent Care, and Regina Hospital.
You could also access free STD testing at some city hospitals; however, some tests could be free, not comprehensive, and multiple payment methods might not be available.