Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are the most frequently reported infectious disease in Anoka County and Minnesota.
Many STDs have no signs and symptoms, and sometimes the symptoms go away but the STD is still present. If left untreated, STDs can lead to complications such as infertility in men and women, and pregnancy complications and pelvic inflammatory disease in women.
Testing and treatment are important
STD testing and treatment can help reduce the spread of STDs. Chlamydia cases in Anoka County have more than doubled in the past 10 years, with the highest number reported in women age 15-24 years. It is important to have an honest and open talk with your healthcare provider and ask whether you should be tested for STDs. Screening recommendations are based on age and individual risk factors.
Talk. Test. Treat.
Low-cost STD testing is available
If you are uninsured, there are low-cost STD testing clinics in Anoka County and nearby communities. Most of the clinics test for HIV, chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, human papillomavirus (HPV) and herpes. Contact the clinic for details.