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Gonorrhea in the United States 1975-1984: is the giant only sleeping?

Authors
  • Rice, R J
  • Aral, S O
  • Blount, J H
  • Zaidi, A A
Type
Published Article
Journal
Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Publisher
Ovid Technologies (Wolters Kluwer) - Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Publication Date
Jan 01, 1987
Volume
14
Issue
2
Pages
83–87
Identifiers
PMID: 3616855
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

After a decade of increase, the number of cases of gonorrhea declined by 12% in the United States between 1975 and 1984. During the same period gonorrhea rates declined by 20%. We examined age-, sex-, and race-specific gonorrhea cases and rates to determine whether the national trend has been occurring in all population groups. The greatest percentage decline in rates was 22.6% among 25-44-year-old men of other-than-white race, and the only increase (0.5%) occurred among white teenaged women. To control gonorrhea and its complications more effectively, more focused screening of young women and more rapid treatment of their sexual partners are necessary.

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