Comparative incidence of gonorrhea and nongonococcal urethritis in the United States Navy

Lee J. Melton

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The relative frequency of gonorrhea and nongonococcal urethritis was studied among all active duty US Navy and Marine Corps personnel. Between 1966 and 1974, the incidence of the two diseases increased in parallel fashion, reaching 80.2 cases of gonorrhea and 61.8 cases of nongonococcal urethritis per 1000 average strength in 1974. The 56,457 cases of gonorrhea and 43,538 cases of nongonococcal urethritis reported in 1974 were unevenly distributed geographically. In the United States that year, nongonococcal urethritis was the more commonly reported condition, with 32.9 cases per 1000 average strength per year compared to 28.6 for gonorrhea; and, for the last four years, the ratio of the two was 1.05 cases of nongonococcal urethritis for each case of gonorrhea. These findings imply that nongonococcal urethritis is a significantly greater problem than has been generally recognized.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)535-542
Number of pages8
JournalAmerican journal of epidemiology
Issue number5
StatePublished - Nov 1976


  • Epidemiology
  • Gonorrhea
  • Urethritis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology


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