Polk County Public Health Family Planning Services emphasizes the importance of Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) prevention and testing as part of your overall health.

    Polk County Public Health Family Planning Services emphasizes the importance of Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) prevention and testing as part of your overall health.

    Did you know that STD testing can be done with a simple urine sample?

    According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), half of the estimated 20 million STDs that occur in the United States each year are among young people under the age of 25.

    Here are five facts you should know:

    1. You can’t tell someone has an STD just by looking at them.
    2. STD tests aren’t always a part of a regular doctor visit.
    3. Almost all STDs that can spread via unprotected vaginal sex can also spread through unprotected oral and anal sex.
    4. Using a condom can take a lot of the worry out of sex, since it can prevent unintended pregnancy and protect you from STDs.
    5. STD testing is a basic part of staying healthy.

    Not having sex is the only way to prevent STDs. This includes vaginal, anal, and oral sex. If you are sexually active, however, you can lower your risk of getting STDs by:

    Being in a long term relationship with a single partner who has been tested and does not have STDs.

    Limiting the number of people you have sex with if you have more than one partner.

    Using latex condoms and dental dams the right way every time you have sex.

    Getting an HPV vaccine, which can protect you against disease (including cancers) caused by the human papillomavirus.

    Getting yourself tested for STDs is one of the most important things you can do to protect your health. It is quick, simple and confidential.

    For confidential information about sexually transmitted diseases, birth control options and affordable clinic services contact Polk County Public Health. Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) Testing is available on Wednesday afternoons, 2:30-4:30, by appointment in the Crookston, MN Polk County Public Health Office. This is a confidential, low to no cost service. Call 218-281-3385 to make an appointment. No one will be turned away for inability to pay.

    Questions can be directed to Amy Van Den Einde, RN, PHN, LSN, Polk County Public Health at 218-281-3385 or emailed to: amy.vandeneinde@co.polk.mn.us.