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Gonorrhea Infections Diagnosed Among Persons Living With HIV/AIDS: Identifying Opportunities for Integrated Prevention Services in New York City, Washington, DC, Miami/Dade County, and Arizona

Taylor, Melanie M. MD, MPH*,‡; Schillinger, Julia A. MD, MSc*,§; Furness, Bruce W. MD, MPH*,‖; Brewer, Toye MD, MPH*,¶,†; Newman, Daniel R. MA*; Pathela, Preeti DrPH§; Skinner, Julia MS; Braunstein, Sarah PhD, MPH§; Shepard, Colin MD§; Ahmed, Tashrik MPH; Griffin, Angelique MS; Blank, Susan MD, MPH*,§; Peterman, Thomas A. MD, MSc*

JAIDS Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes: September 1st, 2013 - Volume 64 - Issue 1 - p 115–120
doi: 10.1097/QAI.0b013e318299cf00
Brief Report: Epidemiology and Prevention

Abstract: Persons living with HIV/AIDS who acquire new sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) pose a risk for enhanced transmission of both HIV and STDs. To describe the frequency of HIV coinfection among gonorrhea cases (GC), HIV and GC surveillance databases (2000–2008) were cross-matched in New York City (NYC), Washington, DC (DC), Miami/Dade County (MDC), and Arizona (AZ). During 2000–2008, 4.6% (9471/205,689) of reported GCs occurred among persons with previously diagnosed HIV: NYC (5.5%), DC (7.3%), MDC (4%), and AZ (2%). The overall HIV-GC coinfection rates increased over the study period in all 4 sites. Real-time data integration could allow for enhanced prevention among persons with HIV infection and acute STDs.

*Division of STD Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA;

STD Program, Arizona Department of Health Services, Phoenix, AZ;

§New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Long Island City, NY;

HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis, STD and TB Administration, District of Columbia Department of Health, Washington DC; and

Miami/Dade County Department of Health, Miami, FL.

† Deceased.

Presented in part: (1) Abstract #TUDC0103, at AIDS2012, July, 2012, Washington, DC; (2) Abstract # LB4, at National STD Prevention Conference, March 2012, Minneapolis, MN; (3) Abstract #P1-S4.01 at International Society for STD Research Conference, July 2011, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.

The authors have no funding or conflicts of interest to disclose.

Disclaimer: The findings and conclusions in this report are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent views of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Correspondence to: Melanie M. Taylor, MD, MPH, CDC/NCHHSTP/DSTDP, 1645 East Roosevelt, Phoenix, AZ 85006 (e-mail:

Received February 05, 2013

Accepted April 26, 2013

© 2013 by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins