Although much less common than chlamydia infections, gonorrhea, caused by the bacterium 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 has 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, 2013
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, U.S. Bureau of the Census, IBIS Version
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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Published on 12/08/2014
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