In 2017, New Castle County, DE had a chlamydia prevalence rate of 482.8 for every 100,000 people, which matched Delaware’s state chlamydia prevalence rate. In fact, in 2016, Delaware had some of the largest chlamydia and gonorrhea prevalence rates in the whole country and placed in the top ten for these STD’s.
In 2018, New Castle County, DE had 2,086 diagnosed HIV cases in the county and a prevalence rate of 446 for every 100,000 people.
New Castle, DE residents have options when it comes to STD testing in the area. The Middletown Health Center on Broadway provides STD testing for area residents. In addition the Sussex County Health Unit on South Bedford St. is also a testing option as well.
Other testing locations include the Delaware League of Planned Parenthood on East Delaware Ave. and the University of Delaware Student Health Center (Laurel Hall).
Free STD testing may be available to people who qualify based on different eligibility requirements. However, the tests offered may be limited and some may fail to provide comprehensive test results.
In addition, many of these locations have limited or restricted hours. Walk-in services may not be an option and some locations may not provide advanced scheduling for appointments.
It should also be noted that medical consultation is not always offered at these locations and people who receive positive test results may not have access to prescriptions for medication. Upfront fees may be expected for some of the tests as well.