OBJECTIVES: To describe the prevalence and epidemiology of gonococcal infection in young subjects attending community clinics in South-East London.
RESULTS: 10 523 tests were performed in 7369 patients (82% female) over a 2-year period in 2004 and 2005. Specimens used for tests were self-taken vulvovaginal swabs (43%), cervical swabs (40%), urine (16%) and urethral swabs (0.9%). Reasons for tests were: screening (67%), diagnosis (27%) and contacts of patients with chlamydia or gonococcus infection (7%). A significantly higher percentage of male subjects were tested as contacts (19% male vs 4% female; p
CONCLUSION: A community-screening programme has detected a high prevalence of Neisseria gonorrhoeae in South London, especially in teenagers, male subjects and certain ethnic groups.
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