The number of gonorrhea cases reported in Norway hit a quarter of a century high as the increase in cases has been reported in both men who have sex with men (MSM) and among heterosexuals, Norway health officials report (computer translated).
In addition, the increase of gonorrhea among heterosexual women was particularly significant.
In 2014, there were 682 gonorrhea cases diagnosed in Norway, compared with 506 cases in 2013. The significant increase in gonorrhea among MSM that began in 2010 continued in 2013. In 2014, there was a considerable increase in reported cases among heterosexual men and women compared with 2013.
Of the 682 cases, 563 were men and 119 were women. Of the men, 347 men were infected homosexually, 212 were infected heterosexually and four men had an unknown sexual orientation. The increase of gonorrhea in 2014 was seen mainly in Oslo, but the counties Rogaland and Sør-Trøndelag also saw a significant increase, both among homosexuals and heterosexuals.
The increase in reported cases in recent years is largely due to a combination of increased use of PCR in diagnosis and a real increase in the incidence of the disease.