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, Utah and U.S., 1992-2013
Rates were calculated by dividing the number of cases for each year by the total population within that year and multiplying
by 100,000. Prior to 2009, Utah rates were calculated using the morbidity report date; effective 2009, rates were calculated
using the date of diagnosis. Rate for the U.S. is not yet available for 2013.
Utah Department of Health, Bureau of Epidemiology.
National Center for HIV, STD, and TB Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Population Estimates: Utah Governor's Office of Planning and Budget.
Population Estimates: National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) through a collaborative agreement with the U.S. Census
Bureau, IBIS Version 2013.
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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