New STD risk assessment available

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Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) have been rising in North Dakota in recent years. Now, you can see if you’re at risk for an STD by using a new tool developed by the North Dakota Department of Health.

It’s a free risk assessment tool.

All you have to do is answer 10 questions and you’ll receive an STD screening recommendation. It also provides information on identified risk behaviors and how to address them. 

The state health department reported 3,528 cases of Chlamydia; 1,371 cases of gonorrhea; and 83 cases of syphilis in 2018.

Health officials say the tool is a way to get more people to talk about STDs.

“It’s not just kids, the thing we saw different in 2018 was a 66 percent increase among those 30 to 44 which is new and we haven’t seen that before,” said Shari Renton, Surveillance Coordinator for the HIV & STD Program. “Normally it is that age population, so it is just knowing if you are at risk that’s the big thing. If you are participating in this behavior it’s just knowing that you need to get screened for STD’s appropriately.”

The tool is anonymous and does not collect personal information.

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