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How common is gonorrhea?

Jill A. Grimes, MD
Family Medicine

An estimated 700,000 people are infected each year in the United States, although only half of those cases are reported, partly because some people are asymptomatic.

Gonorrhea is the second most commonly reported bacterial sexually transmitted disease in the United States (behind chlamydia).
20- to 24-year-olds have the highest rate of gonorrhea at 527.5 cases per 100,000, which is more than 4 times the national average (120.9 per 100,000). Female 15- to 24-year-olds have more than 605 cases per 100,000, while men 20 to 24 years old have 454 cases per 100,000. African Americans have much higher rates than Caucasians or Hispanics (658 per 100,000 vs. 37 and 77 per 100,000, respectively).

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