Taipei--Gonorrhea infections in Taiwan rose 18 percent a year from 2012 to 2016, with the rate of increase in infections among women growing faster than that seen among men, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said Tuesday.
According to CDC data, 4,455 confirmed gonorrhea cases were reported in 2016, a sharp rise from 2,023 cases in 2012, 2,199 cases in 2013, 2,622 cases in 2014, and 3,587 cases in 2015.
All age groups saw a yearly increase in infections except for people aged 0 to 9 or 60 and above.
People in the 10-19 age bracket recorded the fastest rate of growth in infections of any age group at 27 percent per year, followed by the 20-29 age bracket at 22 percent a year, according to the data.
Of all those infected with gonorrhea in Taiwan, 93.3 percent were men, but infections among women between 2012 and 2016 rose 20 percent a year, compared with an 18 percent yearly increase among men.
Listed as a communicable disease in Taiwan, gonorrhea is a sexually transmitted infection caused by the bacterium Neisseria gonorrhoeae.
Most gonorrhea infections in Taiwan have been reported among sexually active men aged 15 to 59 years, according to CDC Deputy Director-General Lo Yi-chun (???).
According to Wang Kung-ching, a CDC epidemiologist, about 80 percent of women with gonorrhea do not have any symptoms, while 90 percent of men do have symptoms.
Lo added that women are more likely to catch gonorrhea from infected men than men are from infected women, with male-to-female transmission rates at about 50 percent and female-to-male transmission rates at around 20 percent.
A gonorrheal infection can lead to infertility in both men or women when not treated, Lo said.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel