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ALERT: CDC was recently notified of difficulties in obtaining Bicillin-LA (benzathine penicillin G). Benzathine penicillin G is the recommended treatment for syphilis and the only treatment option for pregnant women infected with, or exposed to, syphilis. For more information visit CDC's Syphilis STD page.

2015 STD Surveillance Statistics
Graphs, tables and text that describe trends in sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) in Minnesota. Includes data on: Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Syphilis and Chancroid.

Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) Project Grant Request for Proposals (RFP)
Information is available for this funding opportunity.

News Release: Syphilis rates rise among women in Minnesota
Health officials are concerned over a jump in syphilis cases among Minnesota women. Preliminary data for 2015 show syphilis cases in women were up 63 percent compared to 2014. The increase is occurring primarily among women of child-bearing age in all racial and ethnic groups, including pregnant women.

Health Advisory: Syphilis Testing of ALL Pregnant Women (PDF)
Minnesota is seeing a significant increase of infectious and latent syphilis cases among women of all racial and ethnic groups. Eighty percent of all cases in women are concentrated in the Twin Cities metropolitan area and twenty percent in Greater Minnesota. Native American women have the largest increase of 750 percent.

Dear Colleague Letter: STD Treatment Guideline Update - MDH (PDF)
Overview of the updated CDC Sexually Transmitted Diseases Treatment Guidelines, 9/2015

Health officials urging men who have sex with men (MSM) to seek meningococcal vaccination following death of man from meningococcal meningitis
Meningococcal outbreaks among MSM have occurred in Chicago, New York, Los Angeles

The NCHHSTP Atlas gives you the power to access data reported to CDC’s National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP). Use HIV, STD, hepatitis, and TB data to create maps, charts, and detailed reports, and analyze trends and patterns.

Health Advisory: Ciprofloxacin- and Azithromycin-Nonsusceptible Shigellosis in the United States (CDC)
Most cases have been reported among gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (collectively referred to as MSM) in Illinois, Minnesota, and Montana and among international travelers, but cases are also occurring among other populations. Shigellosis is very contagious and can spread quickly through communities and across different segments of the population.

2015 STD Treatment Guidelines are now available from CDC
Guidelines for the treatment of persons who have or are at risk for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) have been updated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

  • The STD Treatment Guidelines are also available as a mobile app for download on both Apple and Android. Check out your device’s app store for more information.

Minnesota Treatment Cascade for People Living with HIV/AIDS
As part of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy for the United States, MDH has calculated an HIV treatment cascade using HIV surveillance data. These calculations help us better understand the HIV epidemic and the disparities that exist in the delivery of care among HIV positive people in Minnesota.

Syphilis Clinical Training Available 
Syphilis Self Study Module - Web-based training course designed to guide clinicians in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of syphilis. Continuing education credits available. 

Ready to Use Syphilis Curriculum for Clinical Educators
Comprehensive curricular materials that can be downloaded by clinical educators for classroom use. Each module contains a slide presentation, an instructor's guide, a case study, and test questions.

Recommendations for the Identification of Chronic Hepatitis C Virus Infection Among Persons Born During 1945–1965 in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. The new recommendations call for all Americans born from 1945 through 1965 or “baby boomers” to get a one-time blood test for the hepatitis C virus (HCV).

Minnesota Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health Databook 2012 (PDF), produced by the Maternal and Child Health Program of the Minnesota Department of Health

HIV/AIDS among Men Who Have Sex with Men in Minnesota
Men who have sex with men (MSM) and men who have sex with men and use injection drugs (MSM/IDU) remain at increased risk for HIV infection in MN.

Food and Drug Administration - Fraudulent Products: Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)
Important information on bogus STD treatments

Minnesota Chlamydia Strategy: Action Plan to Reduce and Prevent Chlamydia in Minnesota
The Minnesota Chlamydia Partnership (MCP) and the STD, HIV and TB Section of the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) present the Strategy for Reducing and Preventing Chlamydia in Minnesota, the first-ever action plan to address the epidemic of the sexually transmitted disease chlamydia.

Dear Colleague Letter: Sexual Health Screening (PDF)
The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) requests that you take a sexual history screen for syphilis, provide prevention counseling, and solicit partners when appropriate for all your male patients in light of an alarming 87 percent increase in early syphilis cases. Dated 02/2010.

CDC National HIV Incidence Estimates: Frequently Asked Questions

FDA Warning: Unapproved Over The Counter Drugs Marketed for Prevention and Treatment of STDs
FDA issued Warning Letters to six U.S. companies and one foreign individual for marketing unapproved and misbranded drugs over the internet to U.S. consumers for the prevention and treatment of STDs.

Hepatitis B ECHO-TV Program
Videos available in seven languages with information on hepatitis B awareness and prevention

HIV/STD/Hepatitis Risk Assessment
MDH's integrated risk assessment tool for health and social service providers.


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Updated Monday, June 13, 2016 at 10:09AM