Delaware has some of the highest STD rates in the US. Health officials blame online dating apps, which allow people to meet people they don’t know well for sex. Two-thirds of the state’s chlamydia cases involve young people under 30.
Because many forms of birth control are widely available and because the AIDS scare has abated, use of condoms has sharply decreased over the past decade. Health officials stress that sexually active people must still use condoms and must be tested regularly, as most STIs are asymptomatic, especially in the early stages.
In 2016, the HIV prevalence rate in New Castle County was 430.6 per 100K people, above Delaware’s rate of 395.7. That same year, the county’s chlamydia rate was 571.4. The gonorrhea and (primary and secondary) syphilis rates were 151.5 and 6.6.
Newark has a few STD-testing clinics, and there are even more in Wilmington and the surrounding areas. There’s a Planned Parenthood on Delaware Ave. They test for STIs and treat all except HIV, and the fee is on a sliding scale.
There is free STD testing available in the area for students only. AIDS Delaware offers HIV testing. Check their schedule for times and locations.