Gonorrhoea and ethnicity

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.315.7116.1160 (Published 01 November 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:1160

Audit supports findings

  1. Mark FitzGerald, Chairman, central audit group in genitourinary medicinea
  1. a Department of Genitourinary Medicine, Taunton and Somerset Hospital, Taunton TA1 5DA
  2. b Public Health Laboratory Service Communicable Disease Surveillance Centre (Thames), London W2 3QR
  3. c Southlands Hospital, Worthing, West Sussex BN4 6TQ

    Editor—Lacey et al and Low et al describe a high incidence of gonorrhoea in black people in Leeds and inner London.1 2 Data from the national audit development project in sexual health indicate that their findings are likely to be valid elsewhere in the United Kingdom. We surveyed all genitourinary medicine clinics in the United Kingdom about cases of gonorrhoea diagnosed in the first three months of 1995 and received data on 1308 cases, 59% of all cases (2197) reported in the quarter. Of those cases with data on ethnicity, 30% were in black people (290/980), who make up only 1.6% (891 000/54 889 000) of the United Kingdom's population. Moreover, for patients attending clinics in …

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