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STD Statistics in Dover, DE
STD statistics have shown a rise in reported cases of various infections over the past several years. Chlamydia is the most commonly reported STD. In 2005, there were a total of 3,392 cases of chlamydia in the state of Delaware. By 2014, that number had risen to a total of 4,473 cases of chlamydia reported. In Dover and the greater Kent County area, there were a total of 964 cases of chlamydia reported in 2014. Kent County accounted for 21.6% of all cases reported in the state. Similarly, gonorrhea cases have also risen. In 2005 there were a total of 913 cases of gonorrhea reported in the state of Delaware. In 2014, that number had risen to a total of 1,279 cases of gonorrhea reported in the state. In Dover and Kent County, there were a total of 239 cases of gonorrhea reported in 2014. Kent County accounted for 18.7% of all gonorrhea cases reported throughout the state of Delaware.4
Reports of newly diagnosed cases of HIV have decreased in the past several years in Delaware. In 2009, there were a total of 154 newly diagnosed cases of HIV reported in Delaware. By 2013, that number had decreased to a total of 116 newly diagnosed cases of HIV. It is far more likely to report HIV in Men. Men account for 79% of all cases reported in the state. The largest at-risk group in Delaware is the black community which accounts for 58% of all cases reported.3 The Center for Disease Control recommends that any person over the age of 13 and under the age of 64 should be tested at least once for HIV.6
STDs and Sexual Education in Dover, DE
Dover schools attempt to follow all regulations for sexual health as outlined by the state. The state of Delaware requires sexuality education as part of health education in kindergarten through 12th grade. Sexuality education must follow the approved Delaware Health Education Curriculum. That curriculum dictates that sexuality education include an HIV prevention program and stresses the benefits of abstinence from high risk sexual behaviors. Delaware also dictates a minimum number of classroom hours to be spent teaching comprehensive health education. In order to graduate from high school, all students in Delaware must complete a half credit health education class that includes sexuality education. The state does not require parental permission for students to participate in sexuality and sexual health education or HIV and STD education. It does not however prohibit parents from removing their children from such classes.5
High school aged people account for a large portion of reported STDs in Dover and the Kent County. People between the ages of 15 and 19 were the second most likely group to report cases of chlamydia or gonorrhea in the city, county and state. Women were far more likely to report chlamydia as well.4 The CDC suggests that all women with multiple partners, regardless of age, should also be tested for STDs. It is recommended that any sexually active person should be tested once a year for STDs.6
STDs and Demographics in Dover, DE
STD reports in Dover are consistent with reporting trends throughout the state of Delaware. In 2013, Delaware ranked 6th in the nation in chlamydia infection at 568.4 cases reported per 100,000 state residents. Women were affected by chlamydia far more often than men. Case rates in women were 785.6 cases of chlamydia reported per 100,000 female residents. There were 337.3 cases of chlamydia reported per 100,000 male residents. Women were 2.3 times more likely to contract chlamydia in Delaware. Chlamydia was most commonly reported in people between the ages of 15 and 24. Delaware also ranked 6th in the nation in gonorrhea infection at 151.6 cases of gonorrhea reported per 100,000 residents. Gonorrhea was most commonly reported among people between the ages of 15 and 29. The Delaware Department of Health and Human Services Division of Public Health states that a large portion of chlamydia and gonorrhea cases go untreated each year. It warns that untreated cases of STDs can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease, chronic pelvic pain and infertility. It also warns that untreated cases of STDs can increase the risk of HIV.7 The CDC recommends screenings at least once a year for chlamydia and gonorrhea for all sexually active gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men. They further recommend annual testing for any women who may be below the age of 25 or engage in unsafe sex or sex with multiple partners.6
Your Best Dover, DE STD Testing Option
Dover has many options for STD treatment and testing. If you are concerned that you may have been exposed to an STD then getting tested is simple, affordable and confidential with STDTestExpress.com. All it takes to get started is answering a few brief medical questions to see which tests our doctors recommend. From there you can pick a lab to visit from our vast network of locations throughout your area. Sample collection often takes less than 30 minutes and your results are usually back within 3 business days or less. Our medical staff is available to answer any questions you have and prescription services are available if medically appropriate and allowed by state law. It is just that simple to go and get tested today. If available in your area, In-Home Collection even allows you to be tested at home, work or another location of your choice.
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