STD rates, including chlamydia and gonorrhea, are on the rise throughout the country, and White Bear Lake, Minnesota, located in Ramsey County, is no exception.
Minnesota state records show that chlamydia rates in Ramsey County rose slightly from 2016 to 2017, with the number of newly reported cases jumping from 3,097 cases in 2016 to 3,356 cases in 2017. Gonorrhea rates in the county saw a nearly 32 percent increase, as the number of reported gonorrhea cases rose from 902 cases in 2016 to 1,184 cases in 2017.
County health records also show that there were 119 newly reported cases of syphilis in Ramsey County in 2016.
According to the Minnesota Department of Health, there were 260 residents in Ramsey County (excluding the city of St. Paul) living with HIV or AIDS as of Dec 31, 2018.
There are a few clinics in White Bear Lake, such as The Carlson Clinic of White Bear Lake and Entin Family Clinic – White Bear Lake, that might offer HIV and STD testing. In addition, many private healthcare facilities and physician offices may also provide STD testing. Many of these practices in White Bear Lake are located near Highway 96E, I-35E, or Route 61.
Residents can also take the short 15-minute drive south into St. Paul for access to more clinics that might offer STD or HIV testing, such as the Red Door Clinic, Planned Parenthood – St. Paul – Vandalia Health Center, St. Paul-Ramsey County Public Health Center, The Aliveness Project, Indigenous People Task Force, and Boynton Health Center.
Some clinics announce free STD testing. While free testing may be a good option for some, please note that not all clinics provide comprehensive STD testing, and immediate results or after-test treatment options may not be available.