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Prevalence of Neisseria gonorrhoeae Among Persons 14 to 39 Years of Age, United States, 1999 to 2008.
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PMID:  23407466     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
BACKGROUND: Prevalence estimates from population-based surveys do not suffer from the same biases as case-report and clinic positivity data and may be better to monitor sexually transmitted disease morbidity over time.
METHODS: We estimated the prevalence of Neisseria gonorrhoeae in a nationally representative sample of persons aged 14 to 39 years participating in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.
RESULTS: From 1999 to 2008, the overall prevalence of gonorrhea was 0.27% (95% confidence interval, 0.13%-0.47%). In the 2005 to 2006 and 2007 to 2008 cycles, prevalence approached 0% and was based on too few positive sample persons to obtain reliable estimates. In 2004, most infections were found in 1 survey location.
DISCUSSION: Given the low prevalence and geographic clustering of disease, gonorrhea estimates from national probability surveys are often imprecise and unstable. In 2008, gonorrhea testing in National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey was discontinued. Continued surveillance of gonorrhea should include case reporting and prevalence estimates from local surveys and sentinel surveillance systems.
Elizabeth A Torrone; Robert E Johnson; Lin H Tian; John R Papp; S Deblina Datta; Hillard S Weinstock
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Sexually transmitted diseases     Volume:  40     ISSN:  1537-4521     ISO Abbreviation:  Sex Transm Dis     Publication Date:  2013 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-02-14     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7705941     Medline TA:  Sex Transm Dis     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  202-5     Citation Subset:  IM    
From the Division of STD Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA.
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