Elkton, MD, is a town in and the county seat of Cecil County. There has been a gradual increase in the rate of HIV prevalence in the county from 118 per 100,000 persons recorded in both 2014 and 2015 to a high of 145 in both 2018 and 2019.
The county also saw an escalation in Chlamydia infection cases from a rate of 253.3 per 100,000 individuals in 2014 to 327.0 in 2018, with the majority of infections occurring in females aged 15 to 24 years.
The number of individuals diagnosed with Gonorrhea halved from an incidence rate of 68.5 per 100,000 persons in 2014 to 34.2 in the following year, followed by a spike to 88.6 in 2018.
The local public health department has commendable progress in mitigating Syphilis infections in the county, with a 74.4% percent decrease in incidence rate from a high of 3.9 per 100,000 persons in 2014 to 1.0 in 2017.
Through its HIV/STD program, Cecil County health department coordinates awareness campaigns and community outreach events aimed at reducing the spread of infections in the community, including underserved populations. The reduction in Syphilis infections in the county could be attributed to the health department’s efforts to avail condoms and safer sex supplies to at-risk individuals such as men who have sex with other men and commercial sex workers.
Planned Parenthood – Newark DE Health Center offers comprehensive sexual healthcare services, including STD/HIV screening services. Other clinics within the Elkton area include Tower Health Jennersville Hospital, ExpressCare Urgent Care Center Elkton, and ChristianaCare, Union Hospital.
Some town clinics offer free STD testing services, but bookable appointments might not be an option, and you may encounter inconvenient testing hours.