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Saturday, 3 April 2010

U.S.A 1988 - 2003 statistics conclude 83% of gonorrhea cases in USA are black males

From annals of internal medicine (U.S.A)

We thank Dr. Arkfeld for his letter. First, the Gonococcal Isolate Surveillance Project (GISP) is not designed to monitor gonorrhea incidence in the United States; it is a sentinel surveillance system to monitor antimicrobial resistance in Neisseria gonorrhoeae. Second, as noted in our Results section, which described the demographic characteristics of patients in the GISP, African-American men were underrepresented in GISP compared with their proportion among nationally reported male patients with gonorrhea. During 1988 to 2003, 74.1% of patients in the GISP were African American, whereas during that same period, 83.0% of male patients in the United States reported through the National Notifiable Disease Surveillance System to have gonorrhea were African American. Read more

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