Gonorrhea infection rate up more than 700 percent for Utah women, almost 300 percent for men

The Salt Lake Tribune
Kelly Catalfamo
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Infection rates for a common sexually transmitted disease have skyrocketed in Utah since 2011, according to a report released by the Utah Department of Health.

Between 2011 and 2014, gonorrhea diagnoses increased among men by 296 percent and among women by 714 percent. Health department STD epidemiologist Joel Hartsell said the increase mirrors national trends but is amplified in Utah, particularly on the Wasatch Front.

The increase among women is unusual and particularly troubling, Hartsell said.

He said the disease was historically prominent among men who have sex with men and has been appearing with more frequency in heterosexual men and women.

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