Sexually Transmitted Diseases Rose 10 Percent in Minnesota Last Year

A 10 percent increase in sexually transmitted infections last year has Minnesota health leaders concerned that people are unaware of the risks and that doctors are not pushing patients hard enough to get tested.

HealthPartners is planning a public awareness campaign this year to encourage more testing – particularly by clinics that serve minorities and low-income teens and young adults who are more likely to suffer infections – and to remove the stigma that discourages teens.