Minnesota reports drop in STDs, two HIV outbreaks
June 23, 2021
Sexually transmitted diseases and HIV infections declined 2% in Minnesota last year, but health officials are uncertain whether that is because of underreporting amid the COVID-19 pandemic, reduced sexual activity or other factors.
STDs involving chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis declined 1% from 33,725 in 2019 to 33,252 in 2020, while new HIV infections dropped 18% from 276 in 2019 to 226 in 2020 - despite the discovery of distinct HIV outbreaks in Minneapolis and Duluth over the past three years.
People at risk for STDs and HIV need to seek regular testing and complete treatments for any diagnosed infections - especially considering that antiviral medications can drive HIV to undetectable levels, said Dr. Ruth Lynfield, state epidemiologist. "This is so essential, because people living with HIV who are taking their medications and have an undetectable viral load do not pass HIV through sex."