Stillwater is a city in Washington County and its county seat. Data forwarded by officials at the Washington County Public Health Department showed an increase of new HIV infections from 5 cases in 2017 to 9 issues in 2018.
The reports further indicated a spike in Chlamydia diagnoses in 2018 and 2019, whereby 750 cases had been reported in 2018 in contrast to the 764 infections observed in 2019.
Additionally, the number of new Syphilis infections was under scrutiny with a focus on 2019 and 2020. The former year had 14 cases that increased to 18 in the following year, 2020.
Moreover, the officials were concerned about the upward trend of new Gonorrhea infections between 2018 and 2019. In 2018, the department noted 163 new infections at a rate of 68 in every 100,000 individuals and 192 cases at a prevalence of 81 in every 100,000 persons in the year ended 2019.
Health officials have full knowledge of the upward spiral being taken by STDs and HIV rates in the county. In this regard, they’ve been enacting community-oriented prevention programs that target high-risk groups such as injecting drug users, the homeless, commercial sex workers, men who have sex with men, post-conviction individuals, and refugees.
For comprehensive STD/HIV screening and treatment options, individuals can visit the M Health Fairview Clinic – Stillwater, Planned Parenthood – St. Paul-Vandalia Health Center, Entira Family Clinics North St. Paul, and the Washington County Public Health Department.
Keep in mind that some of the clinics may not have low-cost or free STD testing on a walk-in basis, and you may need to be an eligible resident based on a few predetermined guidelines to receive HIV/STD services.