Sexually transmitted diseases continue to rise in Minnesota

There were more than 32,000 reported cases of STDs in 2018.
Author:
Publish date:

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. 

Chlamydia

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. 

Gonorrhea

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. 

Syphilis

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

Starlink satellites

Strange lights in Minnesota sky Friday night were SpaceX satellites

SpaceX is planning to launch 60 more Starlink satellites on Sunday, May 9.

Jorge Polanco

Shoemaker, Twins lineup rebounds against Tigers

Jorge Polanco homered in a 7-3 victory over Detroit.

Kirill Kaprizov / Minnesota Wild

Watch: Kaprizov's OT winner lifts Wild into 2nd place in West

Kaprizov's goal gave the Wild a 3-2 victory over the Ducks.

Byron Buxton

Buxton placed on IL, Trevor Larnach called up

Buxton could be out "for weeks" with a hip strain.

A bald eagle perched on branches.

USFWS confirms 2 bald eagles were shot dead

The agency is offering a reward for information in the case.

A newborn baby, wrapped in a blanket with its mother.

Most popular baby names includes one not in top 10 for 100 years

But Olivia and Liam once again led the way for girls and boys.

Minnesota Lottery

Names of big Minnesota Lottery winners to be kept private thanks to new law

The Minnesota Legislature passed the bill unanimously and Gov. Tim Walz signed it into law this week.

FLickr - COVID-19 vaccination - Commander, U.S. Naval Forces

All 8 state COVID-19 vaccine sites now accept walk-ins

Adults can get a no-cost vaccine without making an appointment.

Wilf

Report: Vikings owners nearing purchase of Orlando City MLS franchise

The Wilfs reportedly attempted to buy the Minnesota United expansion franchise years ago.

bemidji paul bunyan

Video shows the moment someone broke the Paul Bunyan statue's arm

Police are asking for the public's help to identify those involved.

Related

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

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

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

Ticks are spreading more diseases every year in Minnesota

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

7th MN child diagnosed with disease that attacks nervous system

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is investigating.

baby

Teen birth rate continues to plummet in Hennepin County

There were 339 teen births in Hennepin County in 2018.

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.

pixabay-pain-pills

MDH reports sharp rise in drug overdose deaths during pandemic

More than 1,000 people died of a drug overdose in MN last year.

Legionnaires' disease puts 2 in the hospital

The state's investigating the outbreak in Maple Grove.