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Sexually transmitted diseases in Minnesota are down, but HIV and newborn syphilis cases are up

Increases in HIV infections, and in cases of syphilis passed from mothers to newborns, marred an otherwise hopeful decline in sexually transmitted diseases in Minnesota last year.

Minnesota's state epidemiologist called those two increases "troubling," because they occurred despite awareness of the risks and opportunities to prevent them. And while new cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis declined in Minnesota from 32,072 in 2022 to 31,232 last year, that still reflected near-record levels of transmission, according to a report released Thursday.

"We urge anyone who is sexually active to reduce the risk to themselves and others with prevention steps, testing and treatment," said Dr. Ruth Lynfield, state epidemiologist and medical director for the Minnesota Department of Health.


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