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.
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.
- Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS)
- Bacterial Vaginosis (BV) (CDC)
- Genital Herpes
- Hepatitis A
- Hepatitis B
- Hepatitis C
- Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV)
- Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
- Human Papillomavirus (HPV)/Genital Warts
- Lymphogranuloma Venereum (LGV) (CDC)
- Molluscum Contagiosum Virus (MCV) (CDC)
- Nongonococcal Urethritis (NGU) (CDC)
- Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) (CDC)
- Pubic Lice (crabs) (CDC)
- Retrovirus infections other than HIV (HTLV)
- Scabies (mites) (CDC)
- Trichomoniasis (CDC)
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 Statistics
Graphs, tables and text that describe trends in sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) in Minnesota.
STD Information for Health Professionals
Health notices, information on reporting and treating STDs, expedited partner therapy (EPT), and other tools and resources.
- STD, HIV, and Hepatitis Risk Assessment
Integrated risk assessment tool for health and social service providers.
STD and HIV Training and Resources
Free online CE training modules, capacity-building resources, Minnesota-specific trainings, and more.
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.