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Cohort study of venereal disease. I: the risk of gonorrhea transmission from infected women to men.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  707474     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Reliable data on the risk of transmission of N. gonorrhoeae would enhance our understanding of the importance of host defenses against gonorrhea and would aid in the evaluation of prophylactic measures. This paper examines the risk of transmission of gonorrhea from infected female to male and the role that variables such as race, prophylaxis and amount of exposure play in the development of gonococcal urethritis. Volunteer crew members of a large naval vessel were followed prospectively as a cohort to study their risk of acquiring gonococcal infection during a four-day liberty period in the Far East. At the same time the prevalence of N. gonorrhoeae was determined in a population of females to whom the sailors were exposed. The calculated risk of transmission per exposure with an infected partner was .19 for whites and .53 for blacks. A statistically significant relationship was noted between the risk of transmission of gonorrhea and both the number of partners and the frequency of sexual intercourse. Further, the increasing infection rate with increasing numbers of exposures in men who had a single sex partner suggests that the majority of men are in fact susceptible to gonorrhea if the quantity of exposure is sufficient.
R R Hooper; G H Reynolds; O G Jones; A Zaidi; P J Wiesner; K P Latimer; A Lester; A F Campbell; W O Harrison; W W Karney; K K Holmes
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  American journal of epidemiology     Volume:  108     ISSN:  0002-9262     ISO Abbreviation:  Am. J. Epidemiol.     Publication Date:  1978 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1978-12-27     Completed Date:  1978-12-27     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7910653     Medline TA:  Am J Epidemiol     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  136-44     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
African Americans
European Continental Ancestry Group
Gonorrhea / prevention & control,  transmission*
Military Medicine*
Sexual Behavior
United States

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