Sexually Transmitted Diseases

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.

Clinics located in Anoka County:

Nucleus Clinic

Nucleus Clinic Website
1323 Coon Rapids Blvd NW
Coon Rapids, MN 55433

Lex Specialty Clinic for Pregnancy & Sexual Health

Lex Specialty Clinic
East Bethel Location:
18553 MN-65 NE
East Bethel, MN 55011

Preventing STDs

Get the facts about STDs and then take action to protect yourself and your sexual partners. Effective strategies for reducing STD risk include:

Abstinence. The most reliable way to avoid infection is to not have sex.

Immunize. Vaccines are safe, effective, and recommended ways to prevent hepatitis B and HPV.

Stop transmission. Decrease your risk by taking important steps to protect yourself.

Get tested. Knowing your STD status is a critical step to stopping STD transmission. If you know you are infected, you can take steps to protect yourself and your partners.

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