There has been a steady increase in the rate of HIV prevalence in Smyrna, a town in Kent County, DE, from 2014 to 2019, with 241 and 293 HIV infections per 100,000 individuals reported respectively.
A trend in fluctuations of Chlamydia infections in Kent County was noted over the years, with 513.0 cases per 100,000 persons reported in 2012, which rose to 694.0 in 2013. This was followed by a notable decrease, with 548.0 cases registered in 2015, before they rose again to hit the all time high of 670.3 per 100,000 individuals in 2016.
Gonorrhea infections have been on the rise since 2012, with 85.7 cases per 100,000 individuals, and in 2016 the number was reported to be 216.0 per 100,000 persons.
Syphilis infections in Kent County have been on the decline with a high of 8.3 cases per 100,000 persons registered in 2013, and by the end of 2016, they had dropped to 3.4 per 100,000 individuals.
Kent County Health Department coordinates with other health agencies to improve the accessibility of free mobile STD/HIV testing services to members of the public living in remote areas. It also supports health fairs, outreach events, and other forums on STD/HIV testing and offers preventive care services to at-risk individuals in the community.
ExpressCare Urgent Care Center, Planned Parenthood – Dover Health Center, and Bayhealth Emergency Center – Smyrna are among the options that residents of Smyrna town and its environs may consider for STD/HIV screening services.
Sexually active individuals in Smyrna town may have access to free STD testing services in some hospitals, but doctor consultations might not be available, and they may face inconsistent wait times.