The frequency of Neisseria gonorrhoeae, Trichomonas vaginalis, and Candida albicans has been studied over a period of one year in women attending a venereal diseases clinic. A total of 1,347 women were investigated, all coming from the same catchment area. Gonorrhoea was established at the first visit in 506 patients (38 per cent.), who constituted 97.5 per cent. of the total number of cases of gonorrhoea. Trichomonas vaginalis was found in 272 (20 per cent.) and Candida albicans in 233 (17 per cent.). 176 patients (13 per cent.) had more than one pathogen. Of the patients attending, 22 per cent. (292 women) were so-called "named contacts". The frequency of gonorrhoea established at the first visit in these patients (64 per cent.), was significantly higher, but the frequency of symptoms did not differ from that in other gonorrhoea patients. The number of asymptomatic cases was so large that a single compulsory examination is undoubtedly very useful from the epidemiological point of view, but the value of repeated specimen collections for gonorrhoea is debatable. Complications of gonorrhoea were observed in 29 patients (6 per cent.) at the first visit.
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