Another increase in the number of people who had gonorrhea detected in 2016

The number of gonorrhoea cases keeps climbing. The increase was observed for heterosexually infected men and women, and also for men who have sex with men.

2016 saw a total of 3,478 reported cases of gonorrhoea in Denmark. That constitutes an increase of more than 25% with respect to 2015 when a total of 2,788 cases were reported.

A total of 992 cases were notified including information about mode of infection, etc. Slightly more than one third were women and nearly two thirds were men. Among men, 59% had become infected heterosexually and 41% were men who have sex with men (MSM).

Among women, 35 were pregnant and 15 women were notified as having been infected by other women. Healthcare staff are encouraged to be extra attentive to gonococci as the cause of conjunctivitis in neonates, particularly in the initial 14 days after giving birth.

Nevertheless, conjunctivitis with gonorrhoea bacteria may occur in all age groups and can always develop into a sight-threatening state. Physicians should bear in mind that women who have sex with women may also have sexually transmitted diseases.

Majority of cases in Copenhagen

The majority of the notified patients residing in the Copenhagen area were of Danish origin and had become infected in Denmark.
Among MSM, 17% were HIV positive. The corresponding number was less than 1% among heterosexually infected men, and no HIV-positive women were detected.

For more information, please see EPI-NEWS 18/17.

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