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Prevalence of Neisseria gonorrhoeae infection in young women in South London
  1. A Aghaizu1,
  2. H Atherton2,
  3. H Mallinson3,
  4. I Simms4,
  5. S Kerry1,
  6. P E Hay5,
  7. P Oakeshott1
  1. 1
    Community Health Sciences, St George’s, University of London, London, UK
  2. 2
    Department of Primary Care and Social Medicine, Imperial College, London, UK
  3. 3
    Health Protection Agency, University Hospital Aintree, Liverpool, UK
  4. 4
    Health Protection Agency Centre for Infections, London, UK
  5. 5
    Department of Genitourinary Medicine, St George’s, University of London, UK
  1. Adamma Aghaizu, Community Health Sciences, St George’s, University of London, SW17 0RE, UK; aaghaizu{at}

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Gopal Rao et al found a high prevalence of gonorrhoea infection (3.8%) in women aged <25 years attending community sexual and reproductive health clinics in South London.1 As Barlow highlights in his accompanying commentary, there is a dearth of studies on gonorrhoea prevalence and natural history.2 Our preliminary results from a community based study in a similar part of London may provide comparative data.

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  • Funding: The BUPA Foundation and the Medical Research Council.

  • Competing interests: None.

  • Ethics approval: Ethics approval was obtained from Bromley Research Ethics Committee (07/Q0705/16).