Epidemiologic Profile:

The epidemiologic profile describes the general population, risk indicators, characteristics of the local HIV epidemic, unmet need, and service utilization. In developing this profile, we evaluated, analyzed, and compiled data from multiple sources in accordance with the 2019 Integrated Guidelines for Developing Epidemiologic Profiles. Our profile addresses three core questions:

  1. What are the sociodemographic characteristics of the population within the state of Delaware?

  2. What are the indicators of risk for HIV infection within the state of Delaware?

  3. What is the scope of HIV within the state of Delaware?

    • We have also answered the following questions:

  4. How do people within the state of Delaware access HIV/AIDS services, and what is their impact?

  5. What are the characteristics of people who know they are HIV-positive but are not accessing services within the state of Delaware?

Researching and Writing

How to Use the Epidemiologic Profile

The first two sections of this profile describe the general population of-the three counties within the state of Delaware, while the last three sections focus on data related to HIV/AIDS in the area. Generally speaking, we begin with a broad overview of the area and narrow in focus as we move through the profile. Due to the volume of information, we have included, we highly recommend using the table of contents to identify the parts of the profile that will be most useful or interesting to you.

Wherever possible, we have presented the data within this document so that it is comparable across sections. Geographic level of detail varies; some sources provide data at the zip code level, while other sources provide district-level, county-level, state-level, or metropolitan area-level detail. Other categories may vary by the source as well. It is important to consider this when interpreting and comparing the data within the profile.