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September 1974

Nongonococcal Urethritis: A Venereal Disease as Prevalent as Epidemic Gonorrhea

Author Affiliations

From the Center for Disease Control, Health Services and Mental Health Administration, Public Health Service, Atlanta.

Arch Intern Med. 1974;134(3):511-514. doi:10.1001/archinte.1974.00320210121017

Since 1968, gonorrhea has been the most common reportable infectious disease in the United States, and yet in the Dekalb County, Georgia, venereal disease clinic, nongonococcal urethritis is equally prevalent. Unlike gonorrhea, nongonococcal urethritis is not recognized by many physicians and patients. This paper describes the clinical and epidemiologic characteristics shared by these two types of urethritis and suggests methods for their differential diagnosis. A correct diagnosis is essential since treatment, prognosis, and sequelae of the two diseases differ.

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