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Volume 14, Number 1—January 2008
THEME ISSUE
International Polar Year

Perspective

Sexual Health and Sexually Transmitted Infections in the North American Arctic

Dionne Gesink Law*Comments to Author , Elizabeth Rink†, Gert Mulvad‡, and Anders Koch§
Author affiliations: *University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada; †Montana State University, Bozeman, Montana, USA; ‡Centre for Primary Health Care, Nuuk, Greenland; §Statens Serum Institut, Copenhagen, Denmark

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Table 1

Comparison of sexually transmitted infection rates reported for North America’s Arctic countries, 2003–2006

Yearly rate*United StatesAlaska, USACanadaNorthern territories,†
CanadaSouthern provinces,† CanadaDenmarkGreenland
Chlamydial infection
2003301.7601.1189.41,4331853423,255
2004316.7609.4197.11,8051954013,208
2005332.5664.4200.41,9521954414,762
2006347.8682202.21,9221974584,527
2006 standardized‡
470.9
715
205
1,693
200
681
5,543
Gonorrhea
2003115.288.326.0264253.51,162
2004113.587.428.9215297.71,148
2005115.691.527.8212288.21,350
2006120.99533.1281327.51,418
2006 standardized164.410133247326.51,738

*Per 100,000 population. Data from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2006 (12); Public Health Agency of Canada, 2007 (14); Office of the Chief Medical Officer in Greenland (15,16); Statens Serum Institute surveillance Epi-data online (www.ssi.dk).
†Canadian Northern territories: Yukon Territory, Northwest Territories, and Nunavut; Southern provinces: British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island.
‡2006 standardized estimates are directly standardized to the year 2000 US population distributed by age and sex.

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