Some Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) and HIV rates in Minnesota decreased slightly during the pandemic–while others continued to increase. The state Health Department’s Christine Jones says in 2020 HIV and STDs overall in Minnesota declined two-percent, but gonorrhea rates increased 27-percent and…

“We are experiencing and responding to two HIV outbreaks in our state, one is in the Twin Cities Metropolitan area Hennepin and Ramsey County and the second one is in our St. Louis County, Duluth area.”

Jones says the 2020 numbers reflect some uncertainty due to a pandemic-driven reduction in services and testing that may have affected reported cases of sexually transmitted diseases.