Skip to main content

Sexually transmitted diseases continue to rise in Minnesota

There were more than 32,000 reported cases of STDs in 2018.

The Minnesota Department of Health on Tuesday released data from 2018 that shows a continued rise in sexual transmitted diseases (STDs). 

According to the report, there were 32,024 cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis reported in Minnesota in 2018, up from 30,981 in 2017. 


The most common STD was chlamydia, which jumped 2 percent from 2017 totals to 23,564. The disease was most common in people ages 15-24, with one of every three cases in greater Minnesota. 

There were at least four chlamydia cases in every Minnesota county, the MDH says. 


No STD spiked as much as gonorrhea, with 7,542 cases reported in 2018, up 16 percent from 2017 numbers. Nearly half of those cases (42 percent) were reported among 15- to 24-year-olds. 

The seven-county Twin Cities metro area accounted for 75 percent of all gonorrhea cases. 


There were 918 syphilis cases reported in 2018, which is down 2 percent from 2017. The STD was prominent in the the metro, particularly among gay men, the MDH says. 

More concerning to the MDH are the 10 cases of congenital syphilis (syphilis in a fetus or infant at birth). Although just 10 cases, it shows a rate of 15.1 for every 100,000 live births, which is the highest Minnesota has ever reported and reveals a 400 percent jump from 2017. 

The Minnesota Department of Health notes that many STDs show no symptoms, and the only way to know for sure is to be tested. Prevention tactics include proper use of condoms and avoiding the shared use of injection drug, tattoo and piercing equipment. 

Want the ad-free BMTN experience? Sign up for $3.99/month.

Next Up

Screen Shot 2023-01-25 at 4.17.31 PM

New preschool and daycare to be built in Eagan

The 12,600-square-foot building will be constructed on vacant land.

Screen Shot 2023-01-13 at 12.25.21 PM

Hamline University faculty urge President Fayneese Miller to resign

Fayneese Miller has served as president since 2015.

Police tape

Man in 40s dies in Minneapolis shooting

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.


Burnsville High School student killed in crash involving 15-year-old driver

The single-vehicle crash happened shortly after midnight.


Watch: Driver sent airborne after being struck by sliding car

The person was seen on MnDOT cameras tending to their vehicle prior to the crash.

Plow 2 (1)

Minneapolis shifting to one-sided street parking starting Thursday night

EMS vehicles, firetrucks and buses have struggled to drive on city streets due to snow.

Screen Shot 2023-01-25 at 10.04.12 AM

Watch: 2 arrested north of Twin Cities after burglary, police pursuit

The suspects are seen on MnDOT cameras attempting to flee law enforcement.


7th MN child diagnosed with disease that attacks nervous system

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is investigating.

Minnesota saw an 'alarming' rise in sexually-transmitted diseases last year

Cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis all rose in 2016.

Ticks are spreading more diseases every year in Minnesota

More than 26,000 tick-borne disease cases in Minnesota since 2004.

Medical, medicine, doctor office

STDs on the rise in Minnesota, with syphilis cases up 23%

Overalls STI cases increased by over 1,000 between 2018 and 2019, new MDH data show

Medical, medicine, doctor office

Minnesota STD rates decreased last year, but outbreaks concern officials

Overall, HIV and STD rates in Minnesota went down by 2% compared to 2019.

Minnesota leads the US in cases of a rare, deadly tick-borne disease

The disease can cause swelling of the brain and often proves fatal.


Teen birth rate continues to plummet in Hennepin County

There were 339 teen births in Hennepin County in 2018.

Legionnaires' disease puts 2 in the hospital

The state's investigating the outbreak in Maple Grove.