What is the prevalence of urethritis in the US?

Updated: Dec 12, 2018
  • Author: Martha K Terris, MD, FACS; Chief Editor: Edward David Kim, MD, FACS  more...
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Urethritis occurs in 4 million Americans each year. The incidence of gonococcal urethritis is estimated at over 700,000 new cases annually, and the incidence of NGU is approximately 3 million new cases annually. Both infections are significantly underreported. The incidence of gonococcal urethritis declined steadily from 2000 to 2009, but then began an intermittent rise, and the incidence of NGU is increasing. [6] NGU incidence is highest in the summer months.


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