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Gonorrhoea in Greenland: geographic differences in diagnostic activity and incidence of gonorrhoea in 2015

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For decades the spread of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) has been a health concern in Greenland, especially within the age group of 15-34 year olds. However, no overview exists of the potential differences in regional incidence and management of STIs. This study investigates the age, gender and region specific diagnostic activity and incidence of gonorrhoea in Greenland in 2015. The study design was an observational cross sectional register study with inclusion of patients tested for gonorrhoea in 2015. Patients above 15 years of age were included. Data was obtained from the laboratory system used at The Central Laboratory at Queen Ingrid's Hospital in Nuuk. We found, in 2015, a total of 17,911 tests for gonorrhoea were performed on both men and women. Women accounted for 68% of the tests, while men accounted for 32%. The positivity rate was 7,878 pr. 100,000 of which 56% were women and 44% were men. The regional distribution showed a disparity of the testing rate and the rate of positive gonorrhoea tests.. Thus, we have documented a high diagnostic activity and high incidence of gonorrhoea in Greenland in 2015 among both women and men. We also found significant regional differences in both diagnostic activity and gonorrhoea incidence.

Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Circumpolar Health
Volume77
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)1445938
ISSN1239-9736
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Publication statusPublished - Dec 2018

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  • Adolescent, Adult, Age Factors, Cross-Sectional Studies, Female, Gonorrhea/diagnosis, Greenland/epidemiology, Humans, Incidence, Male, Sex Factors, Young Adult

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