Although much less common than chlamydia infections, gonorrhea, caused by Neisseria gonorrhoeae, is a priority public health
concern in Utah. Untreated gonorrhea infections can damage the reproductive systems of both males and females. Females with
gonorrhea infection are at risk for developing pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), and both men and women may become infertile
as a result of untreated gonorrhea infections. Also, susceptibility to infections such as HIV also increases when an individual
is infected with gonorrhea. Furthermore, pregnant women with gonorrhea can pass the infection to their infant during delivery,
potentially resulting in ophthalmia neonatorum. Gonorrhea can spread to joints and become systemic (disseminated gonorrhea).
In addition to the cervix and urethra, the rectum and pharynx are also possible sites of gonococcal infection.
Gonorrhea by Race/Ethnicity, Utah, 2012
Rates were calculated by dividing the number of cases within a race/ethnicity group by the population within that group and
multiplying by 100,000.
Utah Department of Health, Bureau of Epidemiology.
Population Estimates by Age, Sex, Race, and Hispanic Origin for Counties in Utah (2010 Census), U.S. Bureau of the Census.
Rate of newly reported cases of gonorrhea by date of diagnosis per 100,000 population.
How We Calculated the Rates
Number of newly reported cases of gonorrhea by date of diagnosis.
Number of persons in Utah.
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