Sussex Health Department realized a decrease in the number of HIV infections reported in 2017 as compared to previous years. In 2016, 18 cases were recorded at a rate of 8.2 per 100,000 population while 11 cases at a rate of 4.9 were reported in 2017. This was attributed to the increased HIV awareness campaign and the distribution of free safer sex kits.
The rate of Chlamydia infections has been vaguely rising over the years. The department noted an increase in the rate of infections from 425.0 per 100,000 population in 2015 to a rate of 458.6 in 2016.
The department also noticed a significant rise in the rate of new Gonorrhea cases reported over the years. In 2016, the infection rate was 218.2, and the figure was relatively higher than the 190.5 per 100,000 population rate of new Gonorrhea cases recorded in 2015.
Also, the rate of new Syphilis infections reported in 2016 was a bit higher than the previous years. The rate recorded in 2016 was 6.8 per 100,000 population while the 2014 Syphilis rate was 2.9, with the black community leading in the infection rate.
The health department of Kent county has set up plans to minimize the spread of STD infections in the region. Some of the steps and policies implemented include; mobile clinics to reach residents in remote areas, opening affordable STD clinics, a 24 hour STD hotline, and running STD awareness programs.
Milford, DE, residents may opt to visit Planned Parenthood – Dover Health Center and Delaware Health and Social Services clinic to receive STD testing and treatment.
You may also visit Baltimore Eastern Std Clinic and Family Planning Department for quality and confidential STD treatment.
Some clinics may offer free STD testing, but some tests may be free but not comprehensive, and people might know your reason for visiting the health center.