Differing Neisseria gonorrhoeae bacterial loads in the pharynx and rectum in men who have sex with men: Implications for gonococcal detection, transmission, and control

M Bissessor, S N Tabrizi, C. K. Fairley, Jennifer A Danielewski, B. Whitton, S. Bird, S. Garland, M. Y. Chen

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The bacterial loads for gonococcal infections of the pharynx and rectum were determined among men with male sexual partners. The median bacterial load for rectal infections (18,960 copies/swab) was significantly higher than the load for pharyngeal infections (2,100 copies/swab; P = 0.001). Bacterial loads among men with symptomatic proctitis were strikingly high (median, 278,000 copies/swab).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4304-4306
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Clinical Microbiology
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2011
Externally publishedYes

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