Gonorrhea statistics show that in 2002, 351,852 cases of the disease were reported to the CDC. In the United States, approximately 75 percent of all reported cases are found in people 15 to 29 years of age. Gonorrhea statistics also show the highest rates of infection are usually found in women 15 to 19 years of age and in men 20 to 24 years of age.
Gonorrhea is a common infectious disease. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that each year more than 700,000 people in the United States will get a new gonorrheal infection. Only about half of these infections are reported to the CDC.
In 2002, 351,852 cases of gonorrhea were reported to the CDC. From 1975 to 1997, the national gonorrhea rate declined following the implementation of the national gonorrhea control program in the mid-1970s. After a small increase in 1998, the gonorrhea rate has decreased slightly since 1999. In 2002, the rate of reported gonorrheal infections was 125 per 100,000 persons.
In the United States, approximately 75 percent of all reported cases of gonorrhea are found in people who are 15 to 29 years of age. The highest rates of infection are usually found in women who are 15 to 19 years of age and in men who are 20 to 24 years of age.
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