Gonorrhea rates in Australia up 63% in 5 years, data show
By Meera Senthilingam, CNN
(CNN) Rates of new gonorrhea diagnoses among Australians rose 63% in just five years, reveals a new report on the nation’s sexual health.
Australian health experts highlighted the alarming rise — from 62 to 101 infections per 100,000 people — and the need for people to be more aware of the infection as the reasons behind the trend are not yet fully understood.
There were more than 23,800 new cases of gonorrhea diagnosed in 2016, and about 75% of them were among men, according to the Annual Surveillance Report on HIV, viral hepatitis and sexually transmissible infections in Australia, published Monday.
In males, rates of gonorrhea infection were highest in 20- to 29-year-olds last year, while in women they were highest in 15- to 24-year-olds. But older age groups also saw increased numbers.
Infection rates also rose significantly in major cities, which saw a 99% increase between 2012 and 2016, while remote areas saw a decline, the report shows. For example, among women, there was a 126% increase in major cities compared with a 43% rise among all Australian women.