TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2016

STD rates rise in Minnesota in 2014

STDs rates rose in Minnesota last year | Courtesy of worldatlas.com
According to recent data, the rate of reportable sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), including gonorrhea, chlamydia and syphilis, rose in Minnesota by six percent in 2014 alone.

This percentage is in comparison to the rate that was recorded for 2013. There were 23,133 cases confirmed in 2013; there were 24,599 cases confirmed in 2014. If untreated, STDs can have serious health consequences.

“Partners of STD-infected patients should get tested based on their risk behaviors and treated at the same time to prevent re-infection and spread to others,” Krissie Guerard, manager of the Minnesota Department of Health's HIV/STD/TB section, said. “Expedited partner therapy (EPT) for chlamydia and gonorrhea can help providers treat the partners of their patients.”

This rise indicates that individuals, clinicians, public health departments and community organizations must take proactive measures to decrease the rate of STDs in the state.

“Knowing these disparities exist, we need to work toward achieving health equity for those communities that have the fewest opportunities to access STD testing and prevention programs due to social, medical and/or income disadvantages,” Minnesota Commissioner of Health Dr. Ed Ehlinger said. “Expanding our partnerships with our most impacted communities will help to ensure that these services are available, culturally acceptable and therefore being used.”

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