Incidence of sexually transmitted diseases in Hokkaido, Japan, 1998 to 2001

J Infect Chemother. 2004 Jun;10(3):163-7. doi: 10.1007/s10156-004-0314-6.


The objective of this study was to provide precise data on the incidence of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) in Hokkaido. The goal of this prospective surveillance, study was to clarify the STD incidence between 1998 and 2001 in Hokkaido, Japan. The incidence of gonococcal infection in men was found to be 127-199 per 100 000 people per year, which was three or four times higher than that for women. Female genital chlamydial infection had an incidence of 300-400 with a female to male ratio of two or three to one. Younger adults had higher incidences of gonococcal and chlamydial infections than older people. In conclusion, the current study of STDs revealed high incidences of gonococcal and chlamydial infections in the Hokkaido area, and there was no decreasing trend in STD incidence during these 4 years.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Age Factors
  • Aged
  • Child
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Japan / epidemiology
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Prospective Studies
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases / epidemiology*
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases / etiology