Sexually Transmitted Diseases

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.

 Prevention 

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.

 For more information

 Minnesota Department of Health (MDH)
• Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Minnesota Family Planning and STD Hotline (651-645-9360)