Sexually Transmitted Diseases - Minnesota Dept. of Health

Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)

Syphilis Is On the Rise
The new CDC: Preliminary 2021 Data: Syphilis highlights the urgency of continuously increasing reported cases of syphilis nationwide, and in Minnesota (Syphilis Outbreak Response and Case Counts). Syphilis is a sexually transmitted disease that if left untreated, can be harmful and cause serious long-term health consequences. All communities in Minnesota should be vigilant, recognize the presence of syphilis, and take steps to get the word out about screening and prevention.

New 2021 STI Treatment Guidelines
The CDC's 2021 STI Treatment Guidelines have been updated. For an overview of important changes, review the 2021 STI Treatment Guideline Highlights (PDF).

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Common STDs
More Information about STDs

Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are also known as sexually transmitted infections (STIs). These are infections caused by viruses, bacteria, or parasites that are spread through sexual activity, specifically anal, vaginal, and oral sex. Some STDs, such as hepatitis B and HIV, are also transmitted through blood-to-blood contact, through sharing syringes or equipment to inject drugs, body piercing equipment or tattooing needles. Pregnant people with STDs may pass their infections to infants during pregnancy, birth, or through breast feeding.

Common STDs

More Information about STDs

  • About STDs
    STD basics, STD testing, partner information for people who have been diagnosed with an STD, and information for people who have been sexually assaulted.
  • STD/HIV Partner Services Program
    The Partner Services Program offers people who have been diagnosed with HIV or an STD free medical, prevention, and other services, including help with partner notification.

Updated Monday, 25-Jul-2022 09:54:14 CDT