Sartell is a city in Benton and Stearns counties that has had a progressive increase in the rate of HIV prevalence from 9 per 100,000 individuals in 2014 to 33 per 100,000 persons in 2020.
Benton County registered an increase in reported rates of Chlamydia infections between 2018 and 2019. The rate in 2018 was 372 per 100,000 persons whereas in 2019 was 406 per 100,000 individuals. Majority of Chlamydia infections occurred in young adults and teens.
Gonorrhea cases also increased from a rate of 51 per 100,000 in 2018 to 101 per 100,000 individuals in 2019.
Syphilis infections have had a significant decrease from 7 per 100,000 persons in 2019 to 1 per 100,000 individuals in 2020. Men who have sex with other men had a higher chance of contracting the infection.
The Benton County Health Department distributes free condoms and safe and free naloxone to reverse overdose through its Harm Reduction Program. It encourages medical centers to participate in community outreach events and offers STD/HIV testing and sex education, including at-risk individuals in the community.
CentraCare – St Cloud Medical Group North, Planned Parenthood – St. Cloud Clinic, and Saint Benedict’s Therapy Suites are some of the medical facilities that residents of Sartell, MN, may consider for STD/HIV testing services.
Members of the public can access free STD testing at some of the city hospitals, but test results might not be available immediately, and the doctor’s consultation might be offered at a fee.