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American Society for Microbiology
Journal of Clinical Microbiology
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DOI: 10.1128/JCM.01625-16, PMID: 27629896
Of 1,493 encounters of males at a sexually transmitted infection (STI) clinic in a community with a high prevalence of STI, Chlamydia trachomatis was detected in 8.7% and Neisseria gonorrhoeae was detected in 6.6%. Additional Trichomonas vaginalis and Mycoplasma genitalium screening found 17.4% and 23.9% of the encounters, respectively, to be positive for STI. STI agents were detected in 13.7% of urine specimens; addition of pharyngeal and rectal collections to the analysis resulted in detection of STI agents in 19.0% and 23.9% of encounters, respectively. A total of 101 (23.8%) encounters of identified STI involved sole detection of M. genitalium. Expansion of the STI analyte panel (including M. genitalium) and additional specimen source sampling within a comprehensive STI screening program increase identification of male STI carriers.