What is the prevalence of gonococcal arthritis in the US?

Updated: Jan 12, 2019
  • Author: Victoria Fernandes Sullivan, MD; Chief Editor: Herbert S Diamond, MD  more...
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Gonorrhea is the second most commonly reported notifiable disease in the United States, with 468,514 cases reported in 2016. Sexually transmitted diseases are typically underreported, however, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that approximately 820,000 cases of gonorrhea occur yearly in the US. [4]

Rates of gonococcal infection declined from their peak of 467.7 cases per 100,000 population in 1975 to an historic low of 98.1 cases per 100,000 population in 2009 but have risen subsequently. As of 2016, the national rate of gonococcal infection was 145.8 cases per 100,000 population, an increase of 18.5% from 2015. [4] Within the United States, however, rates of infection vary by region (highest in the South and lowest in the Northeast) and demographics (see below).


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