In 2016, Olmsted County had an HIV prevalence rate of 157.1 per 100K people, a bit below Minnesota’s rate of 175.6. In 2017, 635 people were diagnosed with chlamydia, at a rate of 440 per 100K people, almost equal to Minnesota’s rate of 444. The gonorrhea rate in 2017 was 128 and the (primary and secondary) syphilis rate in 2016 was 1.3.
Minnesota health officials are concerned about the rising rates, especially gonorrhea, which doubled in men between 2013 and 2017. The big problem with gonorrhea is that there is only one medication left that can treat it, and the disease is becoming resistant to the antibiotic.
Health officials urge all sexually active people to use protection every time and to get tested often, even if they are not experiencing symptoms.
Planned Parenthood is located on 7th St. They test for STIs and treat all of them except HIV, and the fee is on a sliding scale. Olmsted County Public Health has an STD-testing clinic on Campus Drive. A faith-based clinic in the area that advises pregnant women provides free STD testing, but there may be a wait.