The Minnesota Chlamydia Strategy - Minnesota Dept. of Health

The Minnesota Chlamydia Strategy:
Action Plan to Reduce and Prevent Chlamydia in Minnesota

A Special Report: Chlamydia Prevention (PDF)
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Recording of the Strategy webinar rollout, April 12, 2011
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The Minnesota Chlamydia Strategy is the first comprehensive, statewide action plan to address the epidemic of chlamydia to be developed in Minnesota. More than 300 individuals and several organizations have worked together since August 2010 to create a common framework for action that can be taken to reduce the high rates of chlamydia in Minnesota.

Chlamydia is the most common sexually transmitted infection/disease (STI/STD), with over 1.2 million cases reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) from 50 states and the District of Columbia in 2009. The majority of people who are infected are under the age of 30 and African American youth are disproportionately affected. Untreated infections can cause damage to a woman’s reproductive organs leading to serious, irreversible conditions, including infertility, tubal pregnancy and chronic pelvic pain. In men, it can cause a discharge from the penis or painful urination; more serious complications are possible but rare. A large number of cases go undiagnosed because most people with chlamydia are not aware of their infections and do not seek testing.

Screening for chlamydia is non-invasive and chlamydia is easily treated with antibiotics once detected. Many cases of chlamydia could be prevented with better education about chlamydia, its consequences and how to prevent it, with greater use of routine screening of sexually active young women ages 15-25 years old, and with better treatment of the sexual partners of those people who are infected.

The number of chlamydia cases in Minnesota has nearly tripled over the last 14 years, with a total of 15,294 cases of reported in 2010 compared to 5,417 cases in 1996. One-third of the cases in 2010 were reported in the urban areas of Minneapolis and Saint Paul, one-third were reported in the seven-county suburban metro area surrounding the Twin Cities, and one-third were reported in Greater Minnesota.

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Contact Us

For more information contact Candy Hadsall via e-mail or 651-201-4015 or Kathy Chinn via e-mail or 651-201-4008 to learn ways to become involved.

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Updated Friday, September 16, 2016 at 11:01AM