More residents in Vadnais Heights, MN, a city in Ramsey County, have been diagnosed with HIV/STD infections in the recent past. In 2016, the county reported an HIV prevalence rate of 1,301 per 100,000 persons, which was significantly higher than 1,220 infections recorded in 2015.
Chlamydia infections were predominant among youths and teenagers in the county. The total count increased from 3,396 at a prevalence rate of 668 in 2018 to 3,493 at an occurrence rate of 687 per 100,000 persons in 2019.
Gonorrhea was the second frequent STI after Chlamydia. In 2019 the health department reported 1,388 new infections at an occurrence rate of 273, a surge from the 1,332 cases at a prevalence rate of 262 per 100,000 individuals recorded in the previous year.
Ramsey County Public Health Department has implemented various strategies, including raising community awareness of the epidemic and consequences of HIV/STD, providing sexual health education guidelines and resources, and funding other supportive services to reduce STD/HIV infections. It also works with local health care providers to ensure low or no-cost screening and testing is available to at-risk youths throughout the county.
Some of the health centers in Vadnais Heights, MN, offering STD services in the city include M Health Fairview St. John’s Hospital, The Urgency Room, and Planned Parenthood – Rice Street-Viking Drive West Health Center.
You may receive free STD testing in some clinics in the city. However, bookable appointments might not be an option, or after-test prescriptions might not be available if tested positive.