Gonorrhea

Gonorrhea is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) caused by bacteria. It is the second most frequently reported STI. Only cases that are laboratory confirmed are reported. Transmission occurs primarily through sexual contact. People at higher risk of infection include sexually active youth and young adults, those with multiple partners, and men who have sex with men.

Symptoms can include discharge, painful urination, abdominal pain, and pain during intercourse. Many people with gonorrhea infection do not experience any symptoms but can still pass the infection to others, and as such, gonorrhea infections are likely under-reported.

Early detection and prompt treatment are key to preventing the spread of infection. Urine-based testing has increased the accessibility and ease of testing, however testing methods will depend on symptoms. Testing is free of charge and can be accessed through a health care provider, sexual health clinic or community health centre.

Gonorrhea cases by geographic area

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Figure: Age-standardized rate, gonorrhea, by geographic area, Sudbury & District Health Unit (SDHU), 2006–2010 and 2011–2015

Line graph depicting age-standardized rate, Gonorrhea, by Geographic Area, 2006–2015. Data for this graph are located in the tables below.

Table: Age-standardized rate, gonorrhea, by geographic area, Sudbury & District Health Unit (SDHU), 2006–2010 and 2011–2015

Geographic Region2006200720082009201020112012201320142015
SDHU9.319.116.017.117.314.813.412.127.336.2
Northeast9.716.919.334.128.822.816.919.420.541.3
Ontario28.729.628.726.229.130.629.532.541.641.9

Table: Annual number of cases of gonorrhea, by geographic area, Sudbury & District Health Unit (SDHU), 2006–2010 and 2011–2015

Geographic Region2006200720082009201020112012201320142015
SDHU18383234342926245370
Northeast539310618515512289103108214
Ontario3842396138613545396642024094453658295909

Gonorrhea cases by sex

Key findings:

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Figure: Age-standardized rate, gonorrhea, by sex, Sudbury & District Health Unit (SDHU), 2006–2010 and 2011–2015

Bar graph depicting age-standardized rate, Gonorrhea, by sex, 2006–2010 and 2011–2015. Data for this graph are located in the tables below.

 

Table: Age-standardized rate, gonorrhea, by sex, Sudbury & District Health Unit (SDHU), 2006–2010 and 2011–2015

SexRate per 100,000 2006-2010Rate per 100,000 2011-2015
Males14.019.3
Females17.522.2

Table: Annual number of cases of gonorrhea, by sex, Sudbury & District Health Unit (SDHU), 2006–2010 and 2011–2015

SexTotal Counts 2006-2010Total Counts 2011-2015Average Annual Counts 2006-2010Average Annual Counts 2011-2015
Males699513.819.0
Females8710717.421.4

Gonorrhea cases by age group

Key findings:

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Figure: Gonorrhea, by age group, Sudbury & District Health Unit (SDHU), 2006–2010 and 2011–2015

Bar graph depicting rate, Gonorrhea, by age, 2006–2010 and 2011–2015. Data for this graph are located in the tables below.

Table: Rate of gonorrhea, by age group, Sudbury & District Health Unit (SDHU), 2006–2010 and 2011–2015

Age GroupRate per 100,000 2006-2010Rate per 100,000 2011-2015
15-1957.546.8
20-24102.8114.1
25-2948.162.1
30+3.18.9

Table: Annual number of cases of gonorrhea, by age group, Sudbury & District Health Unit (SDHU), 2006–2010 and 2011–2015

Age GroupTotal Counts 2006-2010Total Counts 2011-2015Average Annual Counts 2006-2010Average Annual Counts 2011-2015
15-1939297.85.8
20-24677613.415.2
25-2929385.87.6
30+20594.011.8

This item was last modified on April 30, 2018