Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, which has slowed the spread of some types of disease; however, gonorrhea cases saw an increase from 2019 to 2020, according to the Statens Serum Institut (SSI).
“Despite closure and restrictions, the number of reported gonorrhea cases follows the same course as in previous years. The number is still increasing “, says section leader Susan Cowan from the SSI.
A total of 3,303 gonorrhea cases were detected in 2019 and 3,464 cases in 2020. This corresponds to a growth of almost 5%.
If you look at who gets infected, the annual statement shows that it is the 30-39-year-old men and 20-24-year-old women who most often get gonorrhea.
And for both sexes, most gonorrhea cases are seen in Copenhagen. Here, 853 cases were reported in 2019 and 1,031 cases last year.
Increases were also reported in men who had sex with men (MSM). From the Reporting System for Infectious Diseases (MIS) that notified men, 51 percent were MSM in 2019 compared to 55 percent in 2020.