STIs and HIV

Protect yourself and your partner

STI Testing and Treatment.

What are STIs? 

STIs (Sexually Transmitted Infections)—also known as STDs (Sexually Transmitted Diseases) are infections caused by viruses, bacteria, or parasites that are spread through unprotected anal, vaginal, and oral sex.

Untreated STIs can cause pain, birth defects, cancer, and brain damage. STIs may also affect your ability to have children (infertility).

What are the symptoms? 

There are many different types of STIs. Symptoms vary, and some STIs do not cause any symptoms. Some symptoms include itching, blisters or sores on your genitals, pain when you pee, or discharge from your penis or vagina.

How can I prevent STIs? 

The best way to prevent STIs is by not having sex. Practicing safe sex with the use of a condom also reduces your risk of getting an STI. Ask your doctor for ways you can reduce your risk.

What should I do if I think I have an STI? 

If you think you have an STI, stop having sex. See your doctor right away to get tested and treated. If you have an STI, tell your partner so they can get treatment too. STIs usually don’t go away on their own. Most STIs can be treated, but some STIs are not curable.

Will my doctor share my results with my parents? 

Your doctor will not share results with your parents unless you ask them to.

HIV Testing and Treatment.

What is HIV? 

HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) causes AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome). The virus attacks your immune system making you very sick. It can even cause death.

HIV is spread through unprotected sex with someone who has HIV, contact with HIV-infected blood through sharing needles used in tattooing, piercing, or drugs. Pregnant women with HIV can also spread HIV to their babies.

Why am I being testing for HIV? 

If you’re between the ages of 12 and 18, HIV testing is a routine part of your checkup, regardless of your risk. Many people who are infected with HIV don’t know they have the virus. Because there is no cure for HIV, it’s important to get symptom management as soon as possible.

The number of new HIV infections in young adults is high in Minnesota. Routine testing is recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Minnesota Department of Health.

How can I prevent HIV? 

The best way to avoid getting HIV is by not having sex, not sharing needles, having safe sex with a condom and getting tested regularly. Ask your doctor how you can reduce your risk.

Will my doctor share my results with my parents? 

Your doctor will not share results with your parents unless you ask them to. If you test positive for an HIV, you will have a follow-up test.

How do I get an appointment? 

To schedule your free checkup, contact one of the Crow Wing County participating providers.

Other Sexual Health Resources

Amaze – engaging, educational, age-appropriate, often humorous sex education videos for young adults

MN Family Planning + STD Hotline – reliable, medically accurate, and confidential information via phone, text, and web chat

WeARE Advocates for Reproductive Health – sexual health education, STI testing, and birth control

424 James St
Brainerd, MN
Phone Number: 218-454-1546
Text Message: 218-838-6280

Medical Providers

City Clinic Urgent Care
Baxter Essentia Health
(218) 828-2880
Urgent Care
  Cuyuna Regional Medical Center
(218) 454-7600
Brainerd Essentia Health
(218) 828-2880
Crosby Cuyuna Regional Medical Center
(218) 546-7462
Urgent Care
Crosslake Essentia Health
(218) 692-1010
Emily Essentia Health
(218) 763-4800
Garrison Mille Lacs Family Clinic
(320) 692-5599
  Riverwood Healthcare Clinic
(320) 525-3400
Pequot Lakes Essentia Health
(218) 568-4416
Pillager Essentia Health
(218) 746-4527
(218) 746-4550
Pine River Essentia Health
(218) 587-4416