Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are one of the most common reportable diseases in the U.S.
- One in two sexually active young people will get an STD by age 25.
- Many people won't know they are infected, because frequently there are no signs or symptoms.
- If left untreated, some STDs can cause serious effects such as infertility.
Testing hours vary, please see appointment schedule for more details. Appointments are required. If you need assistance making an appointment call 651-430-6655.
Why should I get tested?
One in two sexually active young people will get a STD by the age of 25. Many infections may not show any signs or symptoms.
How does it work?
The samples we will test are self-collected vaginal swabs or urine specimens.
Who can get tested?
Anyone can get tested. Testing is free no matter your insurance status.
What should I bring?
Bring yourself. It’s okay to come with another person if that makes you more comfortable.
After you've been tested for STDs:
Reduce Your Risk
Practice safer sex by taking these steps to protect yourself and your sexual partner(s) from STDs.
Consistent and correct use of male latex condoms significantly reduces the risk of STD transmission. If you have a latex allergy, synthetic non-latex condoms can be used, but breakage rates are higher than latex condoms. Use a condom every time you have anal, vaginal, or oral sex. How to Use a Male Condom | CDC.
Although there is no vaccine for chlamydia and gonorrhea, there are vaccines for hepatitis B and HPV. Vaccines are a safe and effective way to prevent these serious diseases, so make sure you are up to date with your vaccinations.
Reduce the number of sexual partners you have
Reducing the number of sexual partners decreases your risk for STDs. It is important that you get tested and share your results with your sexual partner.
Additional STD Resources:
- Tell Your Partner
- (MN Department of Health) Sexually Transmitted Diseases
- Red Door Clinic
- Reproductive Health
Contact the MN Family Planning and STD Hotline: