Delaware has some serious issues when it comes to STDs, as shown by its high rates of chlamydia compared to the rest of the United States. To be exact, the state had 627.97 cases of the STD per 100,000 people from 2000 to 2013, which was enough to make it the single worst state in this regard, beating out Alabama, Alaska, and Mississippi. Fortunately, chlamydia is one of the less dangerous STDs because it can be cured with two doses of antibiotics on a daily basis for an entire week, though it is important to note that it can still cause infertility and other complications if it remains untreated.
With that said, other STDs remain serious issues in Delaware as well. For example, it saw an estimated 127 diagnoses of HIV in 2013, which is bad but not as bad as some of the other states out there, as shown by how it placed 35th out of 50 states in the sheer number of HIV diagnoses. Furthermore, the state seems to have a serious problem with both primary and secondary syphilis with 5.7 cases per 100,000 people, which is enough to put it at 12th out of 50 states.
Finally, it should be noted that Hepatitis A, B, and C remain one of the biggest threats to residents seeing as how chronic Hepatitis B and C were responsible for an astonishing 50 percent of chronic liver disease, which has been established as one of the leading causes of death in not just in the state but across the nation.
The Diamond State is not perfect when it comes to providing sexual health education to its residents. This can be seen in how a CDC source mentioned 59 percent of high school students having had sex but no more than 58.7 percent of said individuals claiming the use of a condom on the last occasion that they had sex in 2013, which is rather concerning to say the least. Such laxity could explain STD statistics such as 21 percent of new HIV diagnoses happening in young women and adolescent girls.
However, it is important to note that the state’s Department of Education takes such issues seriously, as shown by their plans to reduce both STD rates and teenage pregnancy rates in the region. In brief, it has been pushing a comprehensive sexual health education program that is based on evidence rather than other considerations, which has been combined with the provision of other forms of support from other stakeholders such as clinics, nonprofits, and even communities.
By making sure that residents have the knowledge that they need to protect their sexual health, convenient access to the tools and supplies that they need to protect their sexual health, plus the support of the people around them, it is clear that the Department of Education has solid intentions in regards to the sexual health of the state’s residents.
The state’s demographics have changed little in recent times. For example, its population is believed to have seen a small increase from close to 936,000 people in 2014 to close to 946,000 people in 2015. Likewise, its racial makeup had 70.4 percent White, 22.4 percent Black, 9 percent Hispanic, 3.9 percent Asian, and 2.5 percent mixed race in 2015, which is not that far off from 68.9 percent White, 21.4 percent Black, 8.2 percent Hispanic, 3.2 percent Asian, and 2.7 percent mixed race in 2010.
However, it is interesting to note that the state had a somewhat lower than average percentage of its population under the age of 18 at 21.6 percent, which is matched by a somewhat higher than average percentage of its population above the age of 65 at 17 percent.
Regardless, considering the challenges that the state is facing in regards to STDs, it is clear that no segment of the population is immune from the threat of STDs. This is particularly true because it is no exempt from nation-wide trends in this regard, with an excellent example being how STDs are becoming more and more common in seniors because of better health combined with improved access to the right pharmaceuticals. Considering how the state has a bigger than average population of seniors, it is no wonder that it has been putting time and effort into reminding its older residents of the risk of STDs in much the same manner that it has been putting the same resources into informing their younger counterparts.
Summed up, it is clear that STDs are a serious threat to human health and happiness in Delaware. However, the state has recognized this problem, meaning that it is serious about making more resources available to those of its residents interested in protecting themselves from this threat. As a result, interested individuals should make sure to inform themselves about both STDs and ways to protect themselves from STDs, which should provide them with the best chances of becoming infected themselves. With that said, they also need to remember that even the best precautions can fail from time to time, which is why they should also make sure that they are aware of the clinics and other resources that are available to them in their communities so that they can keep a close eye on their sexual health as needed.