Delaware health officials are worried about the rising STD rates in the state. Much of the problem, they say, is that people have not been using protection. STDs have not been as much of a problem, however, for Delaware’s teens as they have been in other states.
At the end of 2017, there were 3,547 people living with HIV or AIDS in Delaware, and 39% of them lived in Wilmington. Most cases resulted from heterosexual contact or MSM, and less than a quarter of the cases involved injected drugs.
New Castle County’s chlamydia rate in 2016 was 571.4 per 100K people, and the gonorrhea and syphilis rates were 151.5 and 6.6. Medical professionals strongly advise being tested regularly.
Most STDs are curable if caught early, but many infected people don’t know their status.
There are a few STD-testing clinics in Wilmington. At least two organizations offer free STD testing for HIV only. The Beautiful Gate Outreach Center offers HIV testing and counseling at their clinic on North Walnut St.
The Division of Public Health provides screening, treatment, and counseling for chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis at the Winder Laird Porter State Service Center on 8th St.