STI Surveillance: Annual Report 2008

Saturday 29th January 2022


The 2008 annual report summarises STI data collected from 27 sexual health clinics (SHCs), 37 family planning clinics (FPCs) and 17 student and youth health clinics (SYHCs) across New Zealand. Data is supplemented by laboratory surveillance of chlamydia and gonorrhoea from laboratories throughout New Zealand.

  • Chlamydia trachomatis infection is the most commonly diagnosed STI in New Zealand.
  • From 2004 to 2008 the number of cases of chlamydia and gonorrhoea diagnosed at SHCs increased by 25.8% and 29.1% respectively. Over the same time period clinic visits increased by 1.3%.
  • Young people remain at high risk of STIs. In SHCs, 71.0% of chlamydia, 65.2% of gonorrhoea, 44.2% of genital herpes and 64.3% of genital warts cases were aged less than 25 years.

Cautionary note:
This report summarises the epidemiology of STIs, using data from SHCs, FPCs, SYHCs and diagnostic laboratories in New Zealand. The figures presented here may underestimate true infection rates because not all clinics and laboratories participate and STIs diagnosed by a range of other health care providers, such as GPs, are not included in this report. It is also important to note the denominator used in calculating disease rates. Rates based on clinic data use the total number of clinic visits, whether for STIs or other conditions, as the denominator. Rates based on laboratory data use the total ‘usually resident’ population, in the District Health Boards covered by laboratory surveillance, from the 2006 New Zealand Census.

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STI Surveillance: Annual Report 2008



STI Surveillance: Annual Report 2008

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