Peoples Center Medical Clinic
Specialty Center-Infectious Disease
Positive Care Center at Hennepin
Red Door Services
Adult Gender and Sexual Health Clinic
Clinics and Surgery Center
McDonough Homes Clinic
East Side Family Clinic
North Dunlap Street Clinic
Infectious Disease/International Travel Clinic
Minneapolis Health Center
St. Paul Health Center - Vandalia
Richfield Health Center
St. Paul - Rice Street
Brooklyn Park Health Center
Clinic 555 Sexual Health Services
Southside Medical Clinic
Community-University Health Care Center
Mill City Clinic
Broadway Family Medicine Clinic
Smileys Family Medicine Clinic
Health and Wellness Clinic
The three dominant STDs in Hennepin County are chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis. According to the CDC‘s Sexually Transmitted Disease Surveillance 2018, there were an estimated 20 million new STD cases reported, with nearly half of them in adolescents and young adults aged 15-24. Of the 33,725 total cases reported in Minnesota in 2019, the city of Minneapolis accounted for 7,790.
As the most commonly reported STD, chlamydia is so pervasive, in part, because those infected show no symptoms, spreading it unknowingly. Documented cases increased between 2015 and 2019, with a total count of 24,535 statewide in 2019. Of those, Minneapolis accounted for 21%, or 5,052, bringing its rate of 1,321 per 100,000 individuals to nearly three times that of Minnesota’s 463. The largest segment of the population affected by chlamydia is young adults aged 20-24, accounting for 36% of the state’s total. This is followed by adolescents aged 15-19, who represent 25%.
While the majority of cases are reported in females, both sexes can suffer severe consequences as a result of untreated infections. Females who experience complications from chlamydia may be affected by pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), leading to infertility and chronic pelvic pain. Males can contract urethral infections, which left untreated may result in sterility.
Minnesota’s number of gonorrhea cases nearly doubled between 2015 and 2019. It increased from 4,097 in 2015, and a rate of 77 per 100,000 individuals, to 8,063 in 2019, and a frequency of 152 per 100,000. Hennepin County led the state with 3,601 cases in 2019, and a rate of 312 per 100,000.
Males accounted for the majority of the cases in Minneapolis, with 1,652 reported incidents compared to 960 in females. As with chlamydia, the highest number of cases occurred in the 20-24 age group; however, contrary to state numbers, females dominated reported infections with 1,043 cases to 913 in males. The second-highest number of infections were reported in 25-29 year-olds, for a total of 1,720 cases.
Because people fail to recognize the symptoms, incidents of gonorrhea continue to rise in Hennepin County, Minnesota, and across the United States. Recent data from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) cited 2018’s total number of cases nationally as 583,405, or a rate of 179.1 per 100,000 people. It’s a figure that represents a 5% increase over the previous year, and an 82.6% rise since 2009.
Minneapolis accounted for 118 of the 385 cases of primary and secondary syphilis reported in Minnesota in 2019. The city’s occurrence rate of 30.8 per 100,000 residents is nearly eight times that of the state’s 4.9.
White, non-Hispanic individuals represented the highest percentage of cases. With 163 reported infections, this demographic constitutes 42%. The second-highest number of infections were among African-American, non-Hispanic individuals, with 103 cases accounting for 27% of Minnesota’s total.
The early stages of an STD are often unnoticeable, mild, or mistaken for a less severe ailment. That’s why it’s essential that sexually active adolescents and adults commit to regular testing. Doing so can help avoid serious medical complications associated with untreated STDs, such as infertility, cancer, organ failure, or premature death. Minneapolis offers a number of free and low-cost clinics that provide STD testing.
In operation since 1970, Red Door Clinic is an HIV and STD health clinic staffed by specially trained nurses and nurse practitioners who identify and treat STDs. The clinic charges patients on a sliding fee scale and serves individuals aged 12 and older. Its team provides testing with same-day results, necessary vaccines and medications. Red Door Clinic also offers a needle exchange program, Narcan medication for opiate emergencies, and birth control options.
525 Portland Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55415
This local clinic at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church is operated through the University of Minnesota. Its staff of health professional students are supervised by licensed clinicians. The clinic offers treatment for a variety of conditions, including STD infections and HIV. Other services include physical exams, women’s health concerns, and pediatric care. It also provides mental health assessments and counseling as well as specialty care, such as dermatology and ophthalmology, on specific days.
2742 15th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55407
As one of four Minneapolis clinics operated by Neighborhood HealthSource, Central Clinic is located in the Holland neighborhood. It provides a wide range of medical services on a sliding fee scale, including STD testing and treatment. The walk-in clinic also offers HIV care, as well as general and pediatric health services and treatment for chronic conditions.
2301 Central Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55418
Southside is a full-service medical care facility. Its team manages patients’ primary care needs as well as specialty services, such as STD testing and treatment. Southside Medical and Behavioral Health accepts payment through most insurance plans and works with low-income individuals on a sliding fee scale. The clinic’s other services include prenatal, pediatric, and acute care in addition to dental, vision, and mental health diagnoses and treatment.
324 East 35th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55408
In addition to primary and pediatric care, the Indian Health Board clinic provides sexual health screenings and treatment. Its team of four doctors and two nurse practitioners offer a broad range of medical, dental, and behavioral health services, including sexual health screenings and treatment. While the clinic strives to meet the needs of the American Indian community, it provides medical care for all people. Its services are offered on a free and sliding fee scale basis.
1315 East 24th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55404