Who Is Affected by Gonorrhea?

Gonorrhea is a sexually transmitted infection (STI). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that about 700,000 people get gonorrhea each year.1

Many new cases of gonorrhea in adolescents are reported each year. Teenage girls ages 15 to 19 and men ages 20 to 24 have the highest rates of infection.2


  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2010). Sexually transmitted diseases treatment guidelines, 2010. MMWR, 59(RR-12): 49–55.
  2. Marrazzo JM (2007). Infections due to neisseria. In DC Dale, DD Federman, eds., ACP Medicine, section 7, chap. 3. New York: WebMD.
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Primary Medical Reviewer Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
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Last Revised April 15, 2011

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