Gonorrhea rates: What denominator is most appropriate?

S. O. Aral, J. E. Schaffer, W. D. Mosher, W. Cates

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We used traditional crude population denominators and four different definitions of sexual activity to calculate progressively more refined gonorrhea rates among reproductive age women. Refining denominators to take sexual activity into account had the largest impact on morbidity rates for young women. Traditional denominators severely underestimate gonorrhea rates in teenagers, and understate the real magnitude of gonorrhea risk among sexually active teenagers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)702-793
Number of pages92
JournalAmerican journal of public health
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1988
Externally publishedYes

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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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