Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are the most frequently reported infectious disease in 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
STD testing and treatment can help reduce the spread of STDs. 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.
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.