Norway’s FHI: Fewer cases of HIV, gonorrhea, and syphilis registered during the corona pandemic

gonorrhea testPhoto: Gorm Kallestad / NTB

The number of reported cases of gonorrhea, syphilis, and HIV decreased in 2021, according to figures from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (FHI).

“The trend of decline in reported cases of HIV and gonorrhea in 2020 and HIV, gonorrhea, and syphilis in 2021 has to – to a large extent – be assumed to be corona-related. 

“We must therefore be prepared for a change in infection development in the future,” senior adviser Øivind Nilsen at the FHI warned.

In 2021, 555 gonorrhea cases were reported in Norway compared to 1045 cases in 2020 and 1704 cases in 2019. The decrease in reported cases was in both gay men and heterosexually infected men and women. Gonorrhea cases in Norway have been on the rise for several years – with the exception of the pandemic.

After an increase in syphilis cases in 2020, there was a significant decrease in reported syphilis cases in 2021. Last year, 163 cases of syphilis were reported compared to 287 cases the year before. Homosexually infected men with an immigrant background and HIV-positive people are particularly vulnerable to syphilis infection, the FHI wrote.

In 2021, 102 HIV cases were reported in Norway, compared to 137 cases in 2020. The trend of a decrease in reported cases continues, and last year’s figures are the lowest number of cases detected in more than 20 years.

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